FSU to build first new residence hall in 40 years

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Construction will start this summer on a new, six-floor residence hall at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Md.

FROSTBURG, Md. — Frostburg State University will soon start work on its first new residence hall in more than 40 years.

This spring, the university will begin demolishing two small structures to make way for the new building. Construction of the new residence hall is slated to begin this summer. Completion is scheduled for 2020. The cost is estimated at $42.8 million.

“This new facility is crucial for Frostburg students and for FSU as a whole,” FSU President Ron Nowaczyk said in a news release. “Beyond creating more appealing housing for our students, its design will provide a more purposeful setting where students will live and study.”

The new 125,000-square-foot, six-floor residence hall will feature 431 new beds in a modern, energy-efficient building, according to the release.

The first floor will hold 51 beds, with 76 beds per floor on each of the five upper levels.

Featuring LED lighting throughout, the new residence hall will include a central “glass curtain wall” that spans the height of the structure, offering expansive views of campus from all floors. The facility will include study halls, a shared kitchen, lounges and laundry rooms.

During construction, mature trees will be left in place around the new residence hall to preserve the campus aesthetic.

The site of the new hall is across University Drive from Bobcat Stadium, just west of Chesapeake Dining Hall and south of Cambridge Hall. The building grouping will preserve the open space of the Lower Quad.

The five Lower Quad residence halls, which house more than 1,100 students, will see renovations over the next five years. The first is Annapolis Hall, currently being overhauled. It will reopen this fall.

The renovations include replacing roofs, windows and mechanical systems, and upgrading lighting and electrical service, with the aim of increasing energy efficiency and making the buildings more sustainable. Interior facelifts will include new restroom and shower facilities and flooring, as well as renovations to elevators and other life safety projects.

Cambridge, the last residence hall built on campus, was completed in 1976 at a cost of $2.8 million for a total student population of 2,980. For comparison, FSU’s 2017 fall enrollment of just undergraduate students was 4,725.

The Edgewood Commons apartment complex was constructed in 2003 as part of a public/private partnership; it is privately operated.

Starting with the fall 2017 semester, first-year students are required to live on campus throughout their first year, with exemptions available for certain cases, such as commuter students, older or married students or veterans.

Beginning in the fall of 2019, first-year students will be required to live on campus for their first two years.