Nearly Finished Village Townhouses Add New Dynamic to
Residence Life and Housing Office expects twice as much interest as there are
rooms in The Village townhouse community set to open next fall.
“The response has been overwhelming,” Director of Residence
Life and Housing Rick Kolenda said. A couple of information sessions in
December drew plenty of students curious about the state-of-the-art space just
west of Glimmerglass Lagoon.
The numerous photo
slideshows documenting each phase of construction help explain what all the
excitement is about.
The Village will accommodate 350 juniors and seniors in 38
six-person and 30 four-person townhouses. The units come fully furnished with
all the modern conveniences.
A building to be known as the Village Commons will house a
café, recreation and study areas. The Village adds a residence
option that didn’t exist for recent graduates and alumni of decades past.
“This completes the different options students have for
living on campus,” Kolenda said. Johnson Hall provides freshmen with an
exclusive community of peers, Hart Global Living and Learning Center
welcomes many exchange students and the West Campus halls offer suites and
The latest green technology will make The
Village an environmentally friendly example for other colleges to follow.
It also introduces a key social component on campus:
upperclassmen who would otherwise live in town, Kolenda said.
“It’s not only going to keep more students on campus, but
it’s going to make it vibrant with older students,” he said. “They are going to
be a major part of activities going on, on campus.”