Construction hovers just above campus. (image credit: Jason Sederquist)

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.

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