Members of the Holy Cross community, College Hill neighbors, city officials, and construction workers gathered to watch the official groundbreaking of a new student residence hall on April 13. The event took place at the construction site on the inside loop of McCarthy Lane at Holy Cross’ upper campus.
The 156-bed townhouse-style residence hall will house upperclass students. The new construction will help reduce the number of students in triples, and bring more off-campus students back to campus.
At a projected cost of $20 million, the building is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2011. It will be the 11th residence hall on campus.
“This is important for us because it is part of our overall plan to build a robust and vibrant and educational residential community,” said Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J., president of the College.
“As a liberal arts college, students’ residential experience is part of their overall education,” Fr. McFarland added. “It’s where they make their friendships, where they trade ideas, get into deep discussions about what they’re learning, encounter people from very different backgrounds and experiences, develop and grow, and are challenged and encouraged.”
The site was selected after discussions with students for its proximity to parking and the Hart Center.
CBT Architects is project architect. Fontaine Brothers Inc. is general contractor.
Patrick Lowe ’12, president-elect for the Class of 2012, and Nicholas Tasca ’13, president-elect for the Class of 2013, were in attendance at the groundbreaking. Here they talk about the construction and possibly living in the new residence hall when it opens for their senior year.
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