Start looms for $75.3M TSU residential facility
Dec 6, 2019
According to a release, the future building will be located between Eppse Hall and the TSU Performing Arts Center on the main campus near the northwest corner of the intersection of 33rd Avenue North and Albion Street. It will join buildings either planned or undergoing construction, including a health sciences building and an alumni welcome center. Construction of the health sciences building is expected to be completed in early 2020.
Construction of the residential building, funding for which was recently approved by State Building Commission, will be lead by Brentwood-based Bell & Associates Construction and require 18 to 20 months to complete, the release notes. Architects of record are St. Louis-based Mackey Mitchell and the local office of Columbus, Ohio-based Moody Nolan.
The future facility will include various room types, four dining concepts, a fitness facility, indoor and outdoor meeting spaces, a spa concept in some bathrooms and laundry rooms. Its three “towers” will rise four, five and six floors, respectively.
TSU President Glenda Glover said she feels the future campus buildings will play a key role in aiding student recruitment efforts.
“The university is undergoing a renaissance of sorts,” Glover said in the release. “It began with our new, higher admission standards, and continues with the construction of the residence halls and Health Sciences Building for prospective students to enjoy and reap the benefits.”
TSU typically offers an enrollment of about 8,000 students (which includes both undergraduate and grad students).