Saint Louis University Trustees Approve $44M Residence Hall

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SLU Hastings and Chivetta

According to Saint Louis University, its Board of Trustees has approved the construction of a $44M residence hall. The eight-story, 153K sf building will rise at Laclede and Spring Avenues adjacent to Beracha Hall.

From SLU, “Designed for first-and-second year students, the new residence hall will feature single and double suite-style rooms with a total of 450 beds. Classrooms, a conference room, study rooms, floor lounges, a chapel, a “living room” with kitchen, a large meeting space and a small outdoor amphitheater are included in the plans.

Pre-construction work is set to begin later this month, with completion scheduled for July 2016. A construction schedule and other details will be released to the SLU community soon. Hastings & Chivetta is serving as the architect on the project, while McCarthy Construction is the general contractor.”

The campus housing master plan was developed by Brailsford & Dunleavy of Washington D.C. alongside St. Louis-based KWK Architects.

Saint Louis University student housing project{new residence hall site outlined in blue at left}

{image from campus housing master plan – KWK Architects}

From the 10/31/2014 nextSTL story:

In recent months, apartment development after apartment development has made news near St. Louis University. Now the school appears set to break ground in spring 2015 on a phased development that will eventually add 1,350 beds to campus, according to a story today in UNews.

Phase I is planned as an entirely new residential complex occupying the vacant lot just east of Beracha Hall at Laclede and Spring Avenues. The residence hall is planned to open for the 2016-2017 academic school year.

The building adjacent to Beracha Hall is planned to reach eight stories and be home to 450 students. The Griesedieck expansion (pictured above – image via The University News) would count 450, or a total of 900 beds.

The university announced earlier this month that it was committed to an extensive student housing project. This is the first rending to appear and shows the planned addition to Griesedieck Hall. This expansion is planned to open for the 2017-2018, and followed by a full renovation of the rest of the Griesedieck complex.

According to the university, just more than 40 percent of the school’s 8,800 undergraduates live on campus. It’s expected that will rise to more than 50 percent following the first phases of the project.

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