Frostburg State University to Construct First New Residence Hall in 40 Years

Mar 7, 2018 10:40 AM

This spring, Frostburg State University will begin demolishing two small buildings to clear the way for its first new residence hall in more than 40 years. Construction of the new residence hall is slated to begin this summer, with completion scheduled for 2020.

“This new facility is crucial for Frostburg students and for FSU as a whole,” said President Ron Nowaczyk. “Beyond creating more appealing housing for our students, its design will provide a more purposeful setting where students will live and study. The new beds it adds will enable us to do extensive renovations on other, older residence halls. Many of our housing options will soon see improvements as a result.”

The new 125,000-square-foot, six-floor residence hall will feature 431 new beds in a modern, energy-efficient building. The first floor will hold 51 beds, with 76 beds per floor on each of the five upper levels. Residential pods will be arranged in three layouts: two beds, one bath; four beds, two baths; and three beds, one bath. Room prices will vary accordingly.

Featuring LED lighting throughout, the new residence hall will include a central “glass curtain wall” that spans the height of the structure, offering expansive views of campus from all floors. The facility will include study halls, a shared kitchen, lounges and laundry rooms.

During construction, mature trees will be left in place around the new residence hall to preserve the campus aesthetic. Frostburg has been recognized for six years in a row as a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management.

The site of the new hall is across University Drive from Bobcat Stadium, just west of Chesapeake Dining Hall and south of Cambridge Hall. The building grouping will preserve the open space of the Lower Quad.

The five Lower Quad residence halls, which house more than 1,100 students, will see renovations over the next five years. The first is Annapolis Hall, currently being overhauled. It will reopen this fall semester.

The renovations include replacing roofs, windows and mechanical systems, and upgrading lighting and electrical service, with the aim of increasing energy efficiency and making the buildings more sustainable. Interior facelifts will include new restroom and shower facilities and flooring, as well as renovations to elevators and other life safety projects.

Cambridge, the last residence hall built on campus, was completed in 1976 at a cost of $2.8 million for a total student population of 2,980. For comparison, FSU’s 2017 fall enrollment of just undergraduate students was 4,725. The Edgewood Commons apartment complex was constructed in 2003 as part of a public/private partnership; it is privately operated. 

“We expect that all of our improved residence halls will see increased demand in the coming years as Frostburg State integrates on-campus housing requirements for incoming first-year students to promote their academic success,” said Nowaczyk.

Starting with the fall 2017 semester, first-year students are required to live on campus throughout their first year, with exemptions available for certain cases, such as commuter students, older or married students or veterans. Beginning in the fall of 2019, first-year students will be required to live on campus for their first two years. National research has indicated that living in a campus residence hall has a positive impact on student success, especially in retaining students from the first year to the second year of study. Much of that success is related to building relationships among students and student programming in the residence halls.

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