New residence hall to open fall 2016

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The Moore Street Housing Project will be located next to the West Campus Housing Complex, which is currently under construction.

University officials are working with architects to design a new housing complex set to open August 2016 in West Campus near Blanco Hall.

Canyon and San Saba Halls as well as the West Maintenance building will be demolished to make way for the Moore Street Housing Project, which is estimated to cost $57 million, said Rosanne Proite, director of Housing and Residential Life. The complex is expected to house 600 beds, said Bill Nance, vice president for Finance and Support Services.

“If everything goes as planned, we will start demolition this summer and (the new hall) will open August 2016,” Nance said.
The new project will resemble the North Campus Housing Complex because the same company will be constructing it, Proite said. The room designs for the new residence hall will be similar to those in Gaillardia and Chautauqua Halls, except nine students will share a bathroom rather than 30, she said. The new housing complex will also feature two separate halls with connecting community buildings, Nance said.

“SpawGlass Construction was used for our north campus housing and west campus housing, and we’re very happy with their work so we are using them for our Moore Street complex as well,” Proite said.

Plans for the Moore Street Housing Project include two living room spaces with kitchens and TV viewing areas, along with pingpong and pool tables, Proite said. The complex will have meeting rooms so students can work on class projects together, she said.

“Recreational features are still under development as the landscaping is designed concurrently,” said Juan Guerra, associate vice president of Facilities.

The new complex is necessary because of the university’s increasing enrollment. In 2007, the total number of enrolled students was 27,000, and now in 2014, there are about 36,000, Proite said.

“We want to keep up with demand,” Proite said. “Our goal is to always have that freshman requirement and be able to house juniors, seniors and grad students who want to be on campus.”

The location of the new complex was chosen because there is space to add a building of its size there, Proite said.

“Another reason for the location is that there are a number of academic buildings that have been created in the last ten years that have been more West Campus-oriented, such as the McCoy College of Business, (Roy F.) Mitte science and (Joann Cole) Mitte art,” Proite said.

Plans for the Moore Street Housing Project began January 2013, and the construction phase will take about a year and a half to complete, Proite said.

“We are in the design development phase,” Guerra said. “After our design development documents are approved by Board of Regents, we can begin construction.”

Officials will eventually name the new residence halls, and President’s Cabinet administrators and the Board of Regents will give the final approval, Guerra said.