New Residence Halls, Cafeteria and Student Success Center Planned
Benedictine College to Break Ground on 10th and 11th New Residence Halls Since 2000
- Monday, July 01, 2013
Benedictine College’s board of directors on June 14 approved a capital plan to build two additional residence halls, renovate the cafeteria, and create a new suite of offices and study area for the school’s Student Success Center. Groundbreaking should begin by the fall of 2013.
One planned Residence Hall will extend the Legacy Apartments to the east on Mound St. The other will expand the cafeteria and add a new residential building to the south and east of the eatery. The bottom floor of that new residence hall will house the Student Success Center, with personnel and services in career placement, graduate school preparation and improvement in studies.
The apartment addition will add 90 beds for male upperclassmen with a projected cost of approximately $5 million. The cafeteria expansion, new 120-bed residence hall for women, and new Student Success Center are estimated to cost an additional $12 million.
“This plan is the direct result of our bold and visionary strategic plan, Benedictine 2020: A Vision for Greatness,” said Stephen D. Minnis, Benedictine College president. “This is an exciting step that will help us to be a market leader in all three aspects of our mission: community, faith and scholarship.”
Benedictine 2020 stipulates that the college should explore building new residence halls whenever 350 or more students are off campus. The college exceeds that threshold already and has been temporarily addressing the problem by leasing The Lofts, a residence hall 2 miles south of campus.
The college hopes the new buildings will address several pressing needs on campus:
- The new Legacy apartments will be designated for male upperclassmen. Providing on-campus space for junior and senior men will improve community on campus and provide upperclassman modeling to freshman and sophomore men.
- The new residence hall south of the cafeteria will be designated for female students. The campus needs more space for its growing female population.
- The expanded cafeteria will be sized for our growing student population and better suit the college’s current needs.
- The relocation of the Student Success Center will place it in a more central location, adding convenience for students and allowing the college to convert the current Student Success Center into offices.
According to the college, several factors are favorable to starting construction on residence space as soon as possible. Reduced bond rates have created an opportunity to fund construction of self-supporting buildings like residence halls. Creating these buildings will represent increased revenue to the college. Also Aramark, the college’s food service provider, has pledged money to help in the renovation of the cafeteria.
Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.