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Oak Hall scheduled to open for Fall 2007 semester

By Lesley Covington
Senior Staff Writer

Some residents of Pine Hall will have first dibs for the fall semester at available rooms in the new dormitory, according to Dean Preston Swiney, director of housing and residence life.            

“It’s scheduled to open in the fall of 2007,” Swiney said. “Completion should be the end of June, first of July.”

The new dormitory, called Oak Hall, will be located between Pine Hall and the new bookstore.

For returning students            

“Oak Hall will be a building for returning students,” Swiney said. “Some students in Pine Hall will have first opportunity to go into Oak, during the reclaiming period beginning March 26.”

Statistics show more than 50 percent of returning students request a dormitory room.            

“Past statistics indicate that 60 percent of the fall residents will need, or request, on-campus housing for the next fall,” he said.

Pine Hall for freshmen

Pine Hall is slated primarily for incoming freshmen when the fall semester comes, Swiney said.            

“Our goal is a freshman class of 1200,” said Jackie Clark, vice chancellor for enrollment management. “Approximately 65 percent of freshmen live on campus.”

Oak Hall’s construction is progressing on schedule, Swiney said.            

“We are very pleased with the construction company, the Wilmington division of Clancy and Theys,” he said.

Similar to Pine Hall

Oak Hall’s design mirrors the last dormitory built on campus; only it is larger in scale, according to Swiney.            

“It’s very similar to Pine Hall,” he said.

The building is four stories high, he said. It will have 360 beds compared to Pine Hall’s 300 beds and will be a co-ed residence hall, Swiney said.            

There will be 68 suites with two double-occupancy bedrooms and a shared bathroom, he said. There will be 22 single suites with four private bedrooms and a shared living room and bathroom, Swiney said.

A double room is 10 feet by 16 feet; a single room is 8 feet by 12 feet, he said.            

The dormitory is “ADA compliant,” Swiney said. There is one single bedroom per floor for disabled persons and two on the first floor, he said.

Fully wired for Internet

“Each bedroom is fully-wired for the Internet,” Swiney said.            

There’s one data port per bed, he said.

Local telephone service is provided, “although most students use a cell phone,” Swiney said.            
A computer lab, lounge area, kitchenette with refrigerator and microwave, laundry and vending machines will be available on the first floor. The remaining floors will have a student lounge, as well.           

There will be stackable washers and dryers in Oak Hall, Swiney said.

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