New Residence Halls

Wayne ’73 and Julie Drinkward Residence Hall

Artist impression of new dorm

Artist’s rendering of the Wayne ’73 and Julie Drinkward Residence Hall, now completed east of Sontag Hall.

The board of trustees approved funding for the Wayne ’73 and Julie Drinkward Residence Hall, which was constructed east of Sontag Hall and opened in time for fall semester 2015. Funding for residence hall planning and construction comes from the debt approved by the board in September 2013 as well as from anticipated gifts for the building.

During initial planning, students expressed strong support for preserving some of Linde Field in the master plan while balancing the need for housing and parking. Beginning in July 2014, temporarily the construction company needed to use all of Linde Field as staging (storing construction equipment and materials during construction) for the new residence hall as well as for construction of the storm water detention vault on the south side of the field.

Construction on the new residence hall is complete. It is planned to restore some of Linde Field for student use, with the rest used to accommodate surface-level parking required by the city. The designers will continue to seek feedback from the community as the design phase progresses.

Residence Hall 2

Current plans call for construction to begin on a second residence hall in 2023-2024. Those dates may be adjusted as necessary. The tentative location for the second residence hall would be in the approximate area of the current basketball court and the oak tree, with the goal of protecting and preserving the tree at its current location if possible.

Questions and Comments

Direct questions and comments to:

  • Senior Director for Facilities, Emergency Preparedness and Safety Theresa Lauer,
  • Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Treasurer Andrew Dorantes,