SOUTHFIELD – Lawrence Technological University Thursday held a groundbreaking on a new 95,000-square-foot residence hall on its Southfield campus. About 75 staff and friends of the university attended.
The $15.3 million building, which will be four stories tall and include space for about 320 students and housing staff, will open in the fall of 2018. When it opens, Lawrence Tech will have more than 1,000 students living full-time on campus.
The residence hall was designed by the Northville architecture firm inForm Studio, a firm founded by Lawrence Tech alumni Ken and Gina VanTine. The firm’s other two principals, Michael Guthrie and Cory Lavigne, are also Lawrence Tech alumni, as is the residence hall project manager, Eric Klooster.
LTU President Virinder Moudgil noted the university’s continuing transformation from commuter-only school to residential campus, and said the new residence hall will focus on both the health and well-being of students and community-building – “a design that encourages social interaction and an enhanced community orientation.”
Student Government President Kienan Kowalski, a senior majoring in construction management, said the recent additions of new residence halls and intercollegiate athletics gives LTU “all the academic benefits of a small university, and all the extracurricular perks of a large university.”
The new residence hall will be built between two existing residence halls – the Edward Donley Residence Hall, which opened in 2002 and houses 210 students, and the Lloyd E. Reuss Residence Hall, which opened in 2015 and houses 150 students. (Lawrence Tech’s first residence hall, University Housing South, is a nine-story high-rise on 10 Mile Road that houses 390 students. It opened in 1977.)
Said Joseph Veryser, LTU university architect: “It has been the university's objective to cluster undergrad housing in the heart of the campus to better enable entering freshmen to become part of a community and a part of campus life. The principle is one of closeness to one another and closeness to campus activity and core support areas such as food service, bookstore and library.”