The University is beginning the process of building a new Residence Life and Learning Hall, which is slated to be open in the fall of 2011.
The new facility will include a 120-student Residence Life Hall and a 9,000-square-foot student University Commons area for all students. The as-yet unnamed residence hall will be located in the center of campus, between Brown Hall, the Bryenton Honors House and Gundlach Theatre.
The new residence hall will address Heidelberg’s two paramount strategic goals, improving academic excellence and improving the student experience.
Heidelberg is partnering with University Housing Solutions of Mansfield, Ohio, to construct the $5.85 million facility. The exterior of the structure will feature a stone and brick façade that blends with the current campus architecture.
Aimed primarily at sophomores, the hall will include five, two-story, 24-student “pods,” each with 12 students per floor in bedrooms surrounding an open, two-story living/gathering space. The living space will include a balcony, loft seating, kitchen, soft seating and study spaces to reinforce the academic mission.
An important part of the project will be the student commons area, filled with a variety of offerings that will entice all students to gather. The commons will be attached to the residence hall but constructed as its own space with a separate entry.
President Rob Huntington described the Residence Life and Learning Hall as “an engaging facility for student activities and gatherings.”
“It will strengthen the student experience at Heidelberg and add substantive value to answering the question, ‘Why Heidelberg?’ "
Student input will be heavily weighed as plans take shape for the amenities that will be included in the commons area. These might include an internet café/smoothie bar, a student lounge, flat-screen TVs, meeting space and more.
“Input from students, prospective students and alumni will drive these choices during the design process,” President Huntington said.