College breaks ground on new residence hall during Oct. 16 ceremony

October 14, 2002

Maryville College administrators, students and Board members will break ground on a new residence hall during a ceremony planned for Wed., Oct. 16 at 4 p.m.

Along with Maryville College President Dr. Gerald W. Gibson, five students will turn ground with ceremonial shovels, while other students, standing on the building site, will outline where future exterior walls are expected to go up in coming months.

The building, which represents the fifth new construction project begun on the campus in five years, will provide living space for 150 students and will be named "Lloyd Hall," in memory of the College's sixth president and his wife, Dr. and Mrs. Ralph W. Lloyd. Construction is expected to be completed in August 2003, just in time for the beginning of the 2003-2004 academic year.

(The College already has a residence hall named Lloyd Hall, and the new building will be constructed on a site adjacent the existing Lloyd. Future plans for this building, which was completed in 1959, have not been finalized.)

The new residence hall, designed by McCarty Holsaple McCarty Architects, is expected to cost around $7 million. The four-story, 52,800 square-foot building will feature living space arranged in suite-style, with rooms sharing living space and bathrooms. Twenty-five percent of the suites will have kitchenettes.

The residence hall's interior was designed with student input.

Each floor will also have a public space, with one side offering a kitchen and public seating, the other side offering a study area. Fronted by white columns, the exterior will mirror the look of other historic buildings on campus - complete with brick façade and painted wooden trim.

The Oct. 16 ceremony will begin with a welcome by Mark Cate, vice president for college advancement and planning. Vice President for Student Development Dr. Bill Seymour will give an overview of the plans, and Ben Wicker, president of the Class of 2003, will offer thoughts on residence life from a student perspective. Dr. Gibson will explain the College's commitment to provide a total learning community for students.

Roughly 70 percent of the College's students live in eight residence halls and apartment buildings on the campus. The MC Window of Opportunity Plan, a strategic plan guiding the College over the next five years, calls for an enrollment of approximately 1,200 students by the year 2007 and a campus residential population of about 900 students.

Following the 4 p.m. program, attendees are invited to a reception in the existing Lloyd Hall, where architectural plans will be available for viewing.

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,198.