Fairmont State University hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by a reception on Tuesday to officially dedicate ‘University Terrace’, its newest residential facility. Those attending were invited to tour the campus’ new addition and learn why is so popular.
University Terrace is a new campus 347-bed student housing provision, made up of three buildings: North Hall, West Hall and East Hall. Students moved into North Hall and West Hall during Welcome Week 2016 in mid-August; these two buildings house 270 students. East Hall opened for the Spring 2017 semester and houses 77 students.
West Hall has 35 semi-suites (two students share a bedroom and share bathrooms with two other students), 13 studio single apartments, four double apartments and ten quad apartments (four individual bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen and a living room). Apartments and semi-suites are fully furnished.
North Hall has two single apartments, 10 double apartments and 14 quad apartments. East Hall will feature three single apartments, three double apartments and 17 quad apartments.
Other features at University Terrace include:
– an outdoor theatre-style seating area located in the courtyard area
– a rain garden in the quad area that can be viewed through the all-glass study rooms in each building
– a series of vending machines that provide hot meals on the first floor of the North building
– 24-hour laundry rooms quipped with flat screen TVs and vending machines in each building
– wi-fi throughout the buildings
– community space for socializing and studying
-a full-time Resident Director that lives in North Hall
Sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students are permitted to live in University Terrace apartments. They must have a minimum of 30 credit hours to be eligible.
According to Alicia Lalka, Director of Housing and Residence Life at FSU, stated that the dedication gave students to come and visit the facility and “see what the buzz is all about. “University Terrace is so popular with students here that it is already 95 percent filled for the upcoming Fall 2017 academic year!”
Fairmont State’s other residence halls include Bryant Place, Pence Hall, Prichard Hall and Morrow Hall; they house a total of 844 students.
University Terrace replaced College Park Apartments. Built in the 1960s, College Park Apartments were purchased by FSU in 2002. Those apartments have been torn down and are being replace with parking.
The cost to construct and equip University Terrace was approximately $30 million.