'Groundbreaking' Celebrates Start of Res Hall Project

CANTON - St. Lawrence celebrated the start of the new residence hall project with a “groundbreaking” ceremony on May 18, during Commencement Weekend.

A group of Laurentians and families looked on as Board of Trustees Chair Donald K. Rose ’64, Senior Class President Amy Callahan ’13 and President William L. Fox ’75 scooped a few shovels of ceremonial soil.

The residence hall is being built on the former road and parking lot between the Noble Center and the Quad. It will be home to as many as 155 students when it opens in fall 2014.

Workers have temporarily fenced off a portion of the Quad where geothermal wells will be buried underground. The wells, which will provide “green” energy to heat and cool the building, will be covered with the original topsoil, and the Quad will be restored in full.

The University has raised more than $4.5 million in private donations to pay for the residence hall, which is expected to cost about $13 million. The Class of 2013 kicked off the fundraising effort by pledging its class gift of nearly $8,000.