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Thursday, August 13, 2009

GROWTH IN STUDENT POPULATION SPURS CONSTRUCTION OF NEW RESIDENCE HALL AT PITT-BRADFORD

NEW RESIDENCE HALL AT PITT-BRADFORD

Reed-Coit House, which is identical in design to the new residence hall.

By Kimberly Marcott Weinberg
Assistant Director of
Communications & Marketing
University of Pittsburgh At Bradford


BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will build a new residence hall to house more of its burgeoning student population on campus.

Pending final approval by the University of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees, the 103-bed hall will be built in the center of campus, across the Campus Drive loop from the Fisher Hall science building, and will be ready for students next fall.

“With four consecutive years of record growth in student enrollments, it became inevitable that we’d have to build another residence hall, the third in a five-year period,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, president.

As of last week, the university was expecting another record-breaking year for enrollment with 1,582 full- and part-time students enrolled, which is an increase of 8.6 percent over last year’s numbers at this time.

“We exceeded our housing capacity more than two years ago, and all summer we’ve had students on a waiting list hoping for residence hall spaces to open up,” Alexander said.

“The continuing high level of interest of students in our campus is an outcome of the outstanding work of our faculty and staff. We’re delighted that our campus has become the college of choice for so many students from throughout Pennsylvania and the Eastern seaboard.”

In addition to the residence hall, Pitt-Bradford will construct a new parking lot. The lot, which will have 102 spaces, will replace the spots lost when the residence hall is built in what is currently a parking lot. It will also provide additional required parking and be located on the west end of campus, behind the university’s ceramics studio.

The new dorm, identical in design to the Reed-Coit House built in 2005, will bring the number of beds on campus to more than 900. Like all of Pitt-Bradford’s housing, the new residence hall will consist of suites, providing a common living area for every two to five students, a kitchen area, air conditioning, a refrigerator and microwave.

In addition, each bedroom will have a private bathroom, cable hookup, telephone jack and computer port.

Work on the new residence hall will begin this fall, said Peter Buchheit, director of facilities management, and provide a bright spot for the local economy.

“This project will provide an enormous boost for people employed locally in the construction trades,” he said.

Last fall, Pitt-Bradford added 144 beds when it opened the Howard L. Fesenmyer House, but still had more students than it had room for on campus.

For the past two years, Pitt-Bradford has housed students it could not accommodate on campus at the Best Western Bradford Inn, where some students will stay during the 2009-10 academic year.

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