After the MSU board of regents meeting last Friday, it became official: the Mustangs were getting a new dorm. The parking lot area behind Pierce, Killingsworth and McCullough-Trigg Halls will be the home of the new building, set to open in August of 2016 and cost no more than 30 million dollars.
"This is right in the middle of the residential corridor on campus," explained Dr. Michael Mills, the Housing and Dining Services Director at MSU, "and its in a place where it will give students easy access to both classes and to the dining hall."
The new facility will be a mix of a traditional residence hall that features some suite style rooms, and will primarily serve freshman and some sophomores. But as the incoming class continues to grow, the university will have to add new features to support this increase.
"Obviously if we had 500 beds on campus that will put a strain on our current dining hall," said Mills. "Eventually as we get more students on campus you'll need additional services."
A more immediate issue that will be compounded with the new dorm will be parking. If you factor in the additional number of spots that will be needed with the growing on-campus population, and keep in mind that the dorm will be build on top of an existing parking lot, there is the potential for a parking nightmare.
"There are some options that are being considered, but we will replace the parking lot that we lost and make sure we add enough for the new housing," promised Mills.
The two parking options that were discussed at the Board of Regents Meeting were paving about 2000 additional spaces of surface parking or building a parking garage by the soccer fields.
Mills says regardless of the parking situation, the upcoming construction of the residence hall is part of an exciting time for MSU.