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By Heather Johns
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Construction has begun on four apartment-style residence halls at Bucknell University, with a commons building to follow in spring 2014.
"All buildings will be ready Aug. 1, 2015," said Dennis Hawley '72, M'73, associate vice president for facilities. The four apartment buildings will total 151,000 square feet and are expected to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver certification. Warfel Construction is general contractor for the project.
In spring 2013, the Board of Trustees approved plans to build the four new residence halls and an adjacent student commons in the south part of campus. With 344 beds in 88 apartments, the new facilities will house 340 juniors and seniors. When construction is completed, all but 250 students will live on campus, furthering Bucknell's commitment to being a residential university. || Read more about the University's recent strides in deepening the residential learning experience.
Each apartment building will have a first-floor "hearth space" to promote student interaction and living-learning opportunities, and recreation facilities include an outdoor basketball and two volleyball courts. The commons building will have a large multi-purpose space and several meeting rooms, as well as a small dining facility and convenience store.
"This addition will be central to the distinct residential learning mission of Bucknell, and give our students an exciting new apartment-style living opportunity," said University President John Bravman.
The new residential facilities are part of the Campus Master Plan initiated in 2007, which serves as a blueprint for future campus buildings and green spaces.