In addition to the Gustafson Center, new Athletic Complex, and Green Center, a yet-to-be named residence hall rounds out the list of construction happening throughout the Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) campus.
The four-floor, 300 bed, upper-class style, four person apartments are set to be completed this July, which means residents will be able to move in for the Fall of 2017. Each apartment will feature an open concept for the kitchen, dining, and living spaces.
The most notable feature that Director of Residence Life, Shannon Brown, totes for new area is the “Vertical Main Street” that encompasses the central location of each floor within the building. Brown said, “Safety, community, and a more real world, sophisticated living space is the objective.”
The goal of the new dorm is to simulate what life will be like when students live on their own after college. The first floor will feature a community room, which will serve as a space for residents and some academic classes. The second floor will feature a small fitness center accessible to all residents. The third floor will be home to table sports and televisions equipped with HDMI ports for gaming. The fourth floor will be home to a conference room for staffs to hold meetings without disturbance. Each floor will have its own laundry room, lounge, and quiet study areas for social academics to take place.
Some students may be disappointed to hear that the brand new dorm will not be equipped with air conditioning inside each apartment. Another possible downside is that there will be no available parking surrounding the building besides handicapped spots and a space for the Residence Director.
Brown also said, “The University is committed to upgrading the facilities around campus as well as closing the almost $3,000 difference between the lowest and highest priced living options on campus.” The residence hall will be located in the heart of campus, which should only increase the effect the surrounding community has on the building, and vice versa.
As of now, there is no set plan to demolish an existing residence area or increase enrollment to the university.