CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission has given final approval to West Virginia State University to construct a new residence hall on campus.
WVSU first-year President Dr. Brian Hemphill said this is a project they are truly excited about.
“We truly feel that this is a game changer for us on multiple levels for our university,” he said.
The new residence hall will feature suite room housing for up to 300 students and provide a modern, living-learning-wellness community with an honors floor, academic success center, state-of-the-art technology and grab-and-go dining.
“That will truly allow us to modernize our housing on multiple levels,” said Hemphill.
The property where the hall will be built on will be owned by the WVSU Foundation and the university will lease it back from them.
It’s a big project but Hemphill said they have done their research.
“We had a comprehensive market study that supports the financials of this project and we feel good about what we’ve learned as a part of that comprehensive process,” he said.
Officials with the university hope to begin construction this August and have the residence hall ready for students by August 2014.
This will be the first new residence hall at State since 1969.