Saint Michael's To Build Two New Residence Halls

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Saint Michael's To Build Two New Residence Halls

Tue, 06/24/2003 - 8:00pm -- tim

Saint Michael's College will begin construction of two new residence halls
on June 30. This project, which will cost $14.9 million, including access
roads and landscaping, will complete a program begun in 1999 to replace
some existing housing and expand capacity in order to insure the college's
ability to house close to 100 percent of its undergraduate students on
campus. Currently some 90 percent of Saint Michael's students reside on
the campus of the liberal arts residential Catholic college located in
Colchester, five minutes from Burlington.
"Saint Michael's commitment to the liberal arts is predicated on education
in and out of the classroom," said Saint Michael's President Marc
vanderHeyden. "Therefore we need residences that provide congenial
settings for group study sessions, as well as for small, faculty-led
informal seminars, and these new residences will cultivate this
educational agenda beautifully, duplicating the excellent design of our
just-built Cashman Hall," vanderHeyden said.
The new residences, 41,507-square-feet each, will be located along Route
15, north of the newly built Cashman Hall, to the right of what has become
the main entrance to the campus opposite Mount Mansfield. The buildings,
to be completed and ready for occupancy by August 2004, will duplicate the
features of Cashman Hall. That facility, which was conceived over a
three-year period by a committee of faculty, staff and students, was
designed to provide privacy and space for quiet reflection, as well as
shared common spaces and group meeting rooms.
"Our students found Cashman Hall outstanding this year," said Michael
Samara, dean of students and vice president for student affairs. "Cashman
provided excellent spaces for special-interest, theme housing," he said.
"We've had these interest groupings for 20 years, because they have proven
so valuable to the moral, social and intellectual development of students,
and we wanted to be able to accommodate more of them in excellent living
and learning arrangements," Samara said. "We're very excited about the
prospect of this new housing."
The residences will provide bedrooms to accommodate 128 students in each
building, all in single rooms. The single rooms are arranged in four- and
eight-bedroom suites with two full bathrooms and a large shared common
space. The suites have refrigerators and microwaves, but not full
kitchens. Students will join the whole campus in the main dining facility
in Alliot Hall where important connections and relationships are built and
maintained. Each floor of the three-story buildings will, however, have a
common kitchen for special events and large gatherings. Each building
contains a great room, a seminar room, a lounge on each floor and a
central laundry.
All-Vermont Businesses
All the businesses engaged in this project are Vermont firms: Pizzagalli
Construction of South Burlington, general contractor; Truex Cullins &
Partners Architects of Burlington, Hallam Associates, electrical and
mechanical engineers of South Burlington; DuBois & King, structural
engineers of Williston; the Office of Keith Wagner of Colchester,
landscape designer, and Donald L. Hamlin Consulting Engineers, civil
engineers of Essex Junction.