Black Hills State University (BHSU) in the US has broken ground on its new 50,000ft² residence hall.
The Crow Peak Hall facility will connect two existing halls with a central living area, that will be the residential link for all three buildings.
The central area will house a two-storey great room, residential kitchen for student use, fireplace, snack area, and multi-media study rooms.
The new hall will comprise three storeys with 12 four-person suites on each floor, that are split into two rooms with a shared bathroom.
Plans also include two small common areas on each of the four floors.
Crow Peak Hall is the university’s first new residence in nearly 50 years and is expected to house over 190 students.
BHSU vice president of student life Lois Flagstad said the project is the culmination of ten years of planning, including conversations with master campus planners, housing master planners and students, and site visits to other campuses.
"Every detail is planned to provide a comfortable living environment to support students’ academic excellence," Flagstad said.
Jason Roberdeau from Williams and Associates served as the architects for the $13.7m project.
Roberdeau said Crow Peak Hall’s designed was inspired by the surrounding Black Hills and incorporates glass windows and natural materials and colours.
"The design fulfils the project’s vision of creating a vibrant student community that celebrates the distinctiveness of the Black Hills, promotes academic success and elevates residential life on campus to a level that is admired by peer institutions," Roberdeau said.
Image: Ground breaking ceremony of Crow Peak Hall. Photo: courtesy of Black Hills State University.