Note to Campus from President Fox on New Residence Hall

Dear Laurentian Friends:

I write to share with you that the Board of Trustees today accepted the recommendation of a committee of faculty, students, staff, alumni, and trustees to build the new residence hall on the site near the Noble Center and the Quad. The committee voted unanimously in favor of the selected site after considering three sites outlined as optimal in our recently completed Facilities Master Plan (FMP).

The Board also accepted the recommendation of a separate committee to hire Northland Associates, of Liverpool, N.Y., as the general contractor for the project, following a competitive and extensive bidding and review process. We have worked with Northland on a number of campus projects over the years, including the construction of the Sullivan Student Center. Northland will immediately begin working with Sacco & McKinney Architects, P.C., of Latham, N.Y., who were selected in October to design the new residence hall.

I would like to particularly recognize and thank Trustee Emerita Mary Bijur ’65, P’91 and Trustee Tom Saddlemire ’70 for their leadership in co-chairing the committee that selected the architect and the site.

We plan to break ground in the spring and complete construction before the start of the fall 2014 semester. The project could include adding geothermal energy and reducing the pavement surrounding the Quad to add as much as 6 percent more green space, including enhanced landscaping. Other priorities include keeping with the character of our beautiful campus and maintaining or enhancing the views to landmark buildings surrounding the Quad, such as Gunnison Memorial Chapel.

As we have shared before, the University plans to “pay as we go,” raising money from donors for projects included in the FMP, such as the new residence hall. We have raised more than $3 million for the residence hall, which is expected to cost about $12 million. The Class of 2013 started off this focused fundraising effort by pledging its senior gift to support the construction.

The Facilities Master Plan, which supports and is aligned with the University’s Strategic Map, was completed and accepted by the Board of Trustees this past October. All development outlined in the FMP will be planned in the context of the University’s commitment to sustainability and in consultation with the campus community.

For more information on the FMP, please visit We will also provide additional information on the progress of the new residence hall, as it becomes available, at Please check back regularly for updates.

Our trustees came to their decisions with the help of extensive input from the campus community, and I am very grateful for the thought, concern and suggestions offered. The University will benefit from your continued input as the project proceeds.


William L. Fox