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New residence hall to help house growing Trine student body

To meet the needs of continued and anticipated record enrollment on its main campus, Trine University will construct a new 120-bed residence hall, expected to be open by the beginning of the fall 2021 semester.

The university’s Board of Trustees approved the new building, with a cost of $5.5 million, at its Oct. 9 meeting.

“With our main campus continuing to attract and retain record numbers of students, our residential facilities are once again nearing capacity, and all indicators point to these trends continuing,” said Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., Trine University president. “We appreciate the leadership of the Board of Trustees and their willingness to take action to preserve and even improve the quality of the Trine University residential experience.”

The new building will feature apartment-style residences similar to the university’s Reiners and Stadium residence halls. Carpeted rooms, comfortably accommodating two students, will include a private bath and air conditioning.

Students will share an open space and kitchen located on the main level of the building. The new building also will include a parking lot.

“The residential experience is a key element of education at Trine University,” said Dr. Rick L. James, chair of the university’s Board of Trustees. “This new building is our latest investment in Trine students and in the continued growth of the university.”

In accordance with its comprehensive strategic plan, the university will demolish one of the older dormitory-style units on campus in conjunction with construction of the new facility.

As its residential student body has expanded, Trine University has made significant investments in residence facilities, with much of the current campus housing built in the last 12 years. The university most recently opened the Stadium Hall residence hall in the fall of 2018.

In addition to the new residence hall, Trine continues to finalize plans for the previously announced expansion to its engineering facilities.