Lloyd Reuss, the longest-serving chairman of the board of trustees at Lawrence Technological University, was the guest of honor when the Lloyd E. Reuss Residence Hall was officially dedicated on Sept. 28.
LTU’s third residence hall is a 47,545-square-foot, two-story building that has five pods with 16 double-occupancy units. The $11.6 million project was completed in time for 150 freshmen to move in prior to the start of classes on Aug. 24.
Although some landscaping remains to be completed, the construction project was completed on time and on budget.
Lawrence Tech’s third residence hall is named for Reuss, the former president of General Motors who has been on LTU’s Board of Trustees since 1978 and served as chairman from 1993 until 2014.
The opportunity to honor Reuss drew many public officials and civic leaders, including Southfield Mayor Donald Fracassi; Southfield City Council President Sylvia Jordan and several other members of the council; Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence, who served as mayor of Southfield for many years; State Rep. Jeremy Moss; and Oakland County Commissioner Janet Jackson.
The completion of the new residence hall was also a milestone toward LTU’s long-term goal to build a strong residential community on campus. The two existing residence halls have space for 600 students, and Reuss Hall has increased the residential capacity by 25 percent. Because of high demand, LTU also leases residential suites for 60 additional students at Arbor Lofts on nearby Civic Center Drive in Southfield.
While LTU was once a commuter college, it now attracts students from 25 states and 60 countries.
Increased demand for on-campus housing has been created in part by the expansion of the athletics at LTU, which became a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics in 2011. More than 300 students participate on 16 varsity teams and three junior varsity teams, and LTU will add five more teams in the next two years.