SLU Board Of Trustees Approves Site, Contractor For New Residence Hall
CANTON - St. Lawrence University's Board of Trustees has accepted the recommendation of a committee of faculty, students, staff, alumni and trustees to build a new residence hall near the Noble Center and the Quad. The recommended site is one of three evaluated by the committee. The new building is expected to house 150 students and be completed for the fall semester of 2014.
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. Northland has been the general contractor 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., selected in October, to design the new residence hall.
The project could include the addition of geothermal energy and the reduction of 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 the traditional campus and maintaining or enhancing the views to landmark buildings surrounding the Quad, such as Gunnison Memorial Chapel.
Announcing the site selection, President William L. Fox said, "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."
St. Lawrence plans to "pay as we go," raising money for the residence hall and other future projects outlined in the recently completed Facilities Master Plan. To date, the University has raised more than $3 million for construction of the residence hall, which is expected to cost about $12 million. The Class of 2013 started off the focused fundraising effort by pledging its senior gift to support the project.
The Facilities Master Plan (FMP), which supports and is aligned with the University's Strategic Map, was completed and accepted by the Board of Trustees in 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.
The FMP is available online at www.stlawu.edu/masterplan. Additional information on the progress of the new residence hall, as it becomes available, will be posted at www.stlawu.edu/newreshall.