The groundbreaking ceremony for the third residence hall at Lawrence Technological University was held on April 7. The 47,545-square-foot, two-story building near University Housing-North will have a capacity of 160 students. The $11.6 million project is scheduled for completion in time for fall classes in 2015.
The new residence hall will have five pods with 16 double-occupancy units. Each pod in the new building will have its own common lounge with fireplace and kitchenette space complete with range, refrigerator, and microwave appliances. Amenities include cafe/retail space on the first floor, central laundry on both floors, a multi-purpose room, a game room, and two conference-type spaces.
“The building is designed to encourage students to be out of their rooms with plenty of space for interaction and collaboration. One of the goals is to get new students involved in campus life by fostering collegiality,” LTU President Virinder Moudgil said.
Other speakers at the ceremony were Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence; Lloyd Reuss, chairman of the LTU Board of Trustees; and LTU Student Government President Nicole Gerou.
Moudgil noted that Lawrence Tech’s addition of varsity athletic programs has created a greater demand for on-campus housing.
LTU’s two residence halls are filled to their capacity of around 600. LTU is leasing residential suites for 80 students at Arbor Lofts located near campus on Civic Center Drive in Southfield.
“We anticipate 100 percent occupancy when we open our new residential hall in 2015,” said Dean of Students Kevin Finn. “We look forward to having more students living on campus.”