A multiphase building project at St. Mary’s University will replace seven residence halls with a contemporary living community called The Village at St. Mary’s. Construction on the first phase – a 232-bed, suite-style hall in the southwest quadrant of campus – will begin in June, with a ceremonial groundbreaking April 26. The first new hall will be primarily for juniors and seniors. Shared amenities include an outdoor swimming pool and a grill station/picnic area. There shoul…d be no loss of occupancy in any phase of the project. Phase 1 will be completed by August 2017, followed by the demolition of Adele and Archbishop Flores halls, where Phase 2 construction eventually will occur.
Subsequent phases will begin only after feedback is gathered. A redevelopment schedule — construction, then demolition — will ensue for the five remaining halls (Cremer, Donohoo, Frederick, Leies and Lourdes). Five other residence halls (Chaminade, Dougherty, Founders, Marian and Treadaway) will be renovated as part of this new vision for St. Mary’s on-campus housing. The university has maintained high student housing occupancy rates because of the convenience of living on campus and the quality of the living-learning experience. However, most halls have fallen behind the evolving expectations of students and parents. Most incoming freshmen live on campus, but housing options beyond the first year lack the features desired by upperclassmen.
Source: St. Mary’s University