LTU to build new residence hall

Building slated to open in fall 2018 semester

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published March 8, 2017

 The new residence hall will be built on vacant land between Donley Hall and the Lloyd E. Reuss Residence Hall, and is expected to open for the fall 2018 semester.

The new residence hall will be built on vacant land between Donley Hall and the Lloyd E. Reuss Residence Hall, and is expected to open for the fall 2018 semester.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

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SOUTHFIELD — Officials at Lawrence Technological University recently approved a plan to make room for more Blue Devils on campus.

Matt Roush, director of media relations at LTU, said the university’s board of trustees approved a plan to construct a new 95,000-square-foot residence hall on the Southfield campus, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road, slated to open in fall 2018.

The new hall will be four stories tall and will have space for 300 students, along with 22 resident assistants and housing administration staff, said inForm Studio partner Michael Guthrie — inForm Studio is the Northville-based architecture firm selected to design the hall.

Dean of Students Kevin Finn said the university has made it a goal to grow student and campus life.

“We have made a commitment a few years back to make a residentially focused campus, and our growth continues,” Finn said.

The decision to build the new residence hall comes on the heels of an announcement made earlier this year that the university is planning to reinstate its football program after a 70-year hiatus. The Blue Devils football team will play on the AstroTurf field built on campus last summer, which was funded by an anonymous donor.

Virinder Moudgil, LTU president, said the improvements will change the way the university is perceived.

“This project will continue the transformation of Lawrence Tech from a commuter-only school to a residential campus and will offer our on-campus students the latest in amenities designed to enhance their total educational experience,” Moudgil said in a news release.

Finn said that when student life improves, student academics improve.

“More vibrant student life means that students who live in residence halls are more likely to graduate on time, which parents like because it costs less. Their GPA is higher than those students who do not live on campus, and they have a more complete college experience and enjoy it more,” Finn said.

Students who live on campus are also more involved in their community and spend time at surrounding businesses, Finn said.

The building will be built between the Edward Donley Residence Hall and the Lloyd E. Reuss Residence Hall. Donley Hall opened in 2002 and houses 210 students, Roush said. Reuss Hall opened in 2015 and houses 150 students.

LTU’s first residence hall, University Housing South, was built in 1977. It is located near 10 Mile and houses 390 students.

Guthrie said in a news release that the new hall will connect the main academic quadrangle to the south — where Donley Hall is located — and north, which contains LTU’s Ridler Field House, Reuss Hall, the Art and Design Center, the Applied Research Center, and several office buildings.

The building will feature community space, officials said, and will include a fitness center and a coffee shop. Students can expect study areas, lounges and music practice rooms.

Roush said university officials do not yet have a dollar figure for the cost of the new hall.

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