ST. GEORGE — Dixie State University is hosting a groundbreaking ceremony for Campus View Suites on Aug. 28 to celebrate the addition of the first student housing complex to campus in nearly 50 years.
The ceremony is set to take place at 10 a.m. at the site of the future housing complex on the northeast corner of campus, just west of Nisson Towers. Parking will be available north of the Science Building and can be accessed from 100 South. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.
The groundbreaking will kick off the construction process, which will continue through the 2015-16 academic year. Campus View Suites will be open and ready to accommodate 350 students before the 2016-17 school year begins.
“Students have been waiting for a new building for a long time and campus is ready. Students are really excited for this addition,” said Seth Gubler, director of housing and resident life at Dixie State. “Campus View Suites won’t only change the social atmosphere on campus, but it will also change the campus’s physical presence. The building will be beautiful.”
Featuring suites that will accommodate six students each, the complex will offer each student the option to share a bedroom with another student or have one to him or herself. Each suite will include a comfortable living room space, larger kitchenette and eating space and bathroom with sinks separate from shower and toilet rooms to help alleviate congestion during heavy usage times.
Additionally, the complex will include a large full kitchen, computer area and laundry room on each floor, providing opportunities for students to build social connections and engage academically with their peers. The facility will also feature a multipurpose room, three activity or lounge areas, an exercise room and a conference room.
When they’re ready for study breaks, students will be able to enjoy St. George’s sunny weather and stunning views from the complex’s multiple decks and courtyards. A large courtyard behind the building will serve as a gathering spot for students with amenities like volleyball courts, barbecue pits and grassy areas.
Gubler said the outdoor amenities will foster a sense of community by allowing students to interact with one another.
“The more students we have living on campus, the more opportunity there is for social and academic interaction outside of the walls of the classroom,” Gubler said. “We’re not just creating a new building, but we are also changing the feel on campus because more students will be here 24/7.”
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