Student Housing Project Underwayby Richard Paige • May 20, 2014
Wabash College has begun construction on new student housing that will add 136 beds for independent students.
The $15 million plan includes the construction of two 38-bed halls, two 16-bed lodges, and two duplex-style townhomes with 12 beds each. The project was given final approval by the College’s Board of Trustees during the recently completed graduation weekend.
“We are excited about the development of the near west side of campus and the expansion of student housing options,” said President Gregory D. Hess. “The new residences represent careful planning and long conversations with students, faculty, staff, and alumni that began early last fall and continued through last weekend. The new living units will serve Wabash students well into the future.”
Wabash’s independent students are currently housed in five buildings across campus. The new construction of halls, lodges, and townhomes will offer Wabash men different room configurations. “Our students have repeatedly told us that they like options, so our plan will allow for singles, suites, and apartment-style living,” said Dean of Students Michael Raters.
The Crawford Street project, along the campus’ west side, includes increased parking, and the new construction will link to the main campus through walkways and landscaping.
Shepley Bulfinch, a leading higher education architecture firm, designed the six-building complex. Joseph Herzog is the lead architect on the project, while Jeremy Kotter is the project manager.
“This is a pivotal moment for Wabash College,” said Herzog. “We will take great care to see that the housing celebrates the College’s rich traditions and gives the men of Wabash a new place to call home.”
At the completion of new construction, the College will undertake the renovation of its largest independent men’s residence hall. Martindale Hall will undergo a substantial renovation resulting in a facility with 80-90 beds. Initial construction of the new housing units is expected to be complete during the 2015-2016 academic year.
The Indianapolis-based Hagerman Group will be the project’s construction manager – marking the 18th campus project Hagerman has spearheaded on the Wabash campus over the last 20 years. The Hagerman project team includes Project Executive Terry Greene, Project Manager Dave McMath, and Tony Suter as Project Superintendent.
Established in 1874, Shepley Bulfinch brings its ambition and expertise to forge a design partnership, synthesizing their clients’ vision into a plan of action and physical form and creating spaces that inspire and transform. In addition to the firm’s work with Wabash College, its current and recent higher education clients include Xavier University, Colorado College, Illinois Wesleyan University, and the University of Notre Dame.