June 26, 2002
In strides to achieve goals outlined in its current strategic plan, Maryville College is building a new 150-bed, 4-story residence hall. The start date for the construction is scheduled for the first of October, but could be as early as late August, depending on the progress of the Campus Beautification and Improvement plan.
Prior to the 1997 completion of the Beeson Residential Village, the College had not built a new building in roughly 26 years. This new residence hall will be the fourth new building constructed in five years.
The two goals outlined in the College's Window of Opportunity strategic plan that the construction of the new residence hall will help meet are (1) increasing enrollment to 1,200 students within the next five years and (2) keeping 75 percent of students in campus housing, creating a residential campus.
Currently, eight campus residence halls house 750 students; 150-200 new beds are needed to meet the projected increase in enrollment.
Partners and Associates, Inc., a real estate development firm out of Knoxville that specializes in Higher Education, is the development manager for the construction of the new building and has arranged all financing for the project. The firm has developed all types of college and university facilities in both the United States and Great Britain.
The architect is McCarty Holsaple McCarty, which has designed other new buildings and renovations on campus, such as the Carnegie Hall renovation, Beeson Residential Village, the Bartlett Hall renovation and new addition, and the newly rebuilt Fayerweather Hall. Denark Construction will be the contractor.
All of these firms have experience in the development of facilities for other small colleges with budgets and time schedules similar to Maryville College's. At present, two of the firms - Partners and Denark - are working on project at LaGrange College in Georgia. In April, several representatives of Maryville College toured that project to view the cooperative process used by these firms.
The building design will be similar to other buildings on campus.
"The new building will have similar features from existing buildings on campus," said Vice President of Student Development Bill Seymour. "It was important to our students, faculty and staff that the building look like the other [historic] buildings on campus - to have a unified feel to the campus."
Based on student survey results and focus group feedback, the new residence hall will contain suites, 10 suites per floor, four students per suite. Suites can have two double-occupancy rooms or two single-occupancy and one double-occupancy rooms. All suites will have two bathrooms and a living room. Only 25 percent of the suites will have kitchens, however.
"We wanted to keep our students in contact with other students, " said Seymour. "If all suites had kitchens, students would be more likely to keep to themselves. By limiting the number of suites with kitchens, students must get out more. This also helps keep students utilizing the meal plan where they will socialize more in the cafeteria.
"It is really important for us to try and keep strong student interaction and the community feel of the campus," continued Seymour. "The building was designed with this in mind."
Each floor will have a central lounge area, a study room and a laundry room - all based on student feedback. There will also be a large patio/courtyard area in front of the building.
"We are heavily targeting sophomores to live in the new building," said Seymour. "With the different suite plans offered, room pricing can be based on amenities. We will be able to offer low prices to those students who want it."
The cost of the new residence hall is $7 million. According to Vice President of College Advancement and Planning Mark Cate, the College has packaged the cost of the new building with its refinancing and the Campus Beautification and Improvement Plan funds for a new bond issue of $17 million. The new revenue projected with increased enrollment will offset the cost of financing for the new residence hall.
The new building will be located between Lloyd Residence Hall and the road that runs behind it. In order to achieve this, the road will be repositioned - moved farther out toward the large grassy area known as "Lloyd Beach."
The new residence hall has yet to be named, but it is expected to be completed by August 1, 2003 - just in time for the fall semester.
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 its academic rigor and its focus on the liberal arts, Maryville is where students come to stretch their minds, stretch themselves and learn how to make a difference in the world. Total enrollment for the fall 2012 semester was 1,093.