In the works: West Hall dormitory
One year from the opening date, construction workers are installing structural steel and concrete planking for West Hall, Norwich's new civilian residence hall.
Exterior walls are also beginning to go up, with masonry work to start soon after. Even the plumbing work has started. This $26 million project is on budget and ahead of schedule, according to Norwich Chief Administrative Officer Dave Magida.
In August 2014, West Hall will provide housing for 286 students. This 84,200-square-foot dormitory, similar to South Hall, will be a LEED certified building featuring lounges, a game room and facilities for exercise and laundry.
Construction was already well underway for a new civilian residence hall at the April 26, 2013, groundbreaking ceremony for West Hall.
Designed to accommodate 286 students, the $26 million dormitory is Phase 2 of a plan to create a civilian housing complex that will eventually house 750 students. West Hall will open to students in August 2014. It joins South Hall, which filled up with civilian students faster than anyone anticipated. The goal is to reduce congestion and allow for virtually all Norwich undergraduates to live on campus by the 200th anniversary in 2019.
Like South Hall, the 84,204-square-foot building will feature lounges, a game room and facilities for exercise and laundry. It is designed to meet LEED certification guidelines for energy conservation.