By Samantha Kleese
In order to draw and retain students and improve its facilities, Saint Mary’s University has finalized plans for a new residence hall on the Winona campus.
The concept of the facility was approved by the SMU Board of Trustees last May. The site plan has already been filed with the City of Winona and SMU has sent out a request for construction bids.
SMU administration will reach its goal of beginning construction this fall with plans to have the building completed for the fall of 2012.
The new residence hall is to be built between the high ropes course and the New Village apartments. It will house sophomore, junior, and senior undergraduates during the academic year, as well as participants in conferences, camps and educational programs in the summer.
The new hall will include single-occupancy suites, double-occupancy suites and two-, three-, and four-bedroom apartments. There will also be lounges, study rooms and a kitchen to bring individual students together as a cohesive community and promote a learning environment.
The building is intended to have 141 beds in 45 units, with each room having a private bath. The residence hall will be air-conditioned and provide Wi-Fi Internet access.