New residence hall brings ‘wow’ factor

For immediate release: Feb. 29, 2016

Residence Hall Project

An external gathering space with a fire pit. A second-story outdoor plaza. Two lounges on every floor. And a “green” roof with sustainable, low-maintenance plants. Just a few of the “wow” factors built into plans for Bloomsburg University’s new residence hall, set to open in August 2017 at the site of the former University Store Building.

Demolition of the University Store Building began in January 2016, after the store relocated to Kehr Union, Mailroom Services moved to Elwell Hall and the BU Police Department began operating out of new headquarters at the rear of Andruss Library. Construction of the university’s first, intentional multiuse building will be completed by August 2017, in time for the hall’s first 398 residents to move in.

The new seven-floor residence hall, being constructed at a total cost of $60 million, will provide suite-style living in units designed for one, two, three or four students. The hall is expected to significantly reduce the number of freshmen who are “tripled” each fall. The as-yet-unnamed hall will feature services for the entire campus community. The University Store and two new dining venues will be located on the ground floor; the mailroom and an integrative learning center for tutorial services and the university writing center will be found on the first floor.

The new dining venues, selected from Aramark’s portfolio of national brands, are Chick-fil-A and Qdoba. Market studies showed there was an unmet demand for non-meal plan dining options offering quality food at a reasonable cost. Both quick food restaurants will accept payment in flex dollars, Husky Gold, cash or credit cards.

Other universities hosting Chick-fil-A include Lock Haven, Kutztown, West Chester, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the University of Delaware. Qdoba, a Mexican eatery, can be found at Ohio State, The College of William and Mary, University of Central Florida, University of Colorado Denver, Rutgers Livingston Campus and other institutions.