Projects meet needs of growing student body

With record undergraduate main campus enrollment again this fall, Trine University put the finishing touches on building projects designed to serve its increased student population.

The new bookstore in the Rick L. and Vicki L. James University Center opened over spring break, with final work completed in early summer, and dedication planned for Homecoming. The new space combines the existing university bookstore with the textbook annex formerly in Conrad Hall. An expanded food service kitchen area will be completed in time for the fall semester. The university received a $560,000 gift toward the new bookstore from Follett Higher Education Group and a $1 million gift from Bon Appetit toward the kitchen area.

Stadium Hall located next to the Larry and Judy Reiners Residence Hall also will open this fall, adding more than 240 beds. Like Reiners Hall, the new building features rooms for three with a private bath and air conditioning. Students are also able to share an open space and kitchen located on the main level of the building.

The university invested nearly $100,000 over the summer to repair and replace parking lots. With more than 2,400 total parking spaces on campus, including an increase of 246 in residence hall areas from last spring, Trine University now has far more parking spots than permit holders.