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$1.8 Million Residence Hall Renovation Project Announced

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Posted: Wednesday Mar 12, 2014

March 12, 2014

Saint Vincent College has announced that renovations totaling $1.8 million to enhance two campus residence halls will be completed in Bonaventure and Gerard Halls during the next two summers.

The project will renovate the two upperclass residence halls, originally built in 1963, in two construction phases so that residents are not affected by activity during the academic year.

The work will include renovation of more than 36,000 square feet of space in stairwells, hallways and restrooms with new carpeting, lighting, ceiling tile, doors and fixtures as needed.

“An important characteristic of a Saint Vincent College education is the concept of community,” commented Mary Collins, vice president for student affairs. “Most of our students reside in on-campus housing where we strive to create an environment that promotes all of our Benedictine traditions, including hospitality, stewardship and service. We’re excited to be improving their living and learning spaces through this renovation project.”

“Our residence halls are the students’ home while they are enrolled,” explained Robert Baum, associate dean of students. “We want our students to be comfortable and safe in their campus home where they work on their academics and socialize with friends. This project will enhance the environment in these two buildings.”

Other features of the project include:

  • The large windows on the entrance side of the building will be replaced with storefront-styled windows.
  • A lounge on the ground floor of Gerard Hall will be enlarged to 48 feet x 56 feet and air-conditioned.
  • A 30 feet x 25 feet stamped concrete outdoor patio will be added between the two buildings with a barbecue pit and outdoor furniture for student use.

“The students are looking forward to these enhancements in the residence halls,” noted Justin Teets, president of the Student Government Association executive board. “We were honored to be asked to be involved in the planning meetings resulting in additions such as the outdoor patio which I know the students will enjoy.”

The architect for the project is MacLachlin, Cornelius and Filoni of Pittsburgh, the architectural group that did the award-winning design for the Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion at Saint Vincent. General contractor will be James Construction of Carnegie.

Bonaventure Hall construction will start on May 12 and be completed by Aug. 1. Gerard Hall construction will start on May 11, 2015, and be completed by Aug. 7, 2015.

The two residence halls can accommodate a total of 427 students, including prefects (resident assistants). Both residence halls are coeducational with men and women housed separately on different floors.

More than 70% of Saint Vincent College students reside on campus in six residence halls. All residence halls include lounge areas, a community television and microwave, laundry facilities, vending machines and smoke detectors. All residence hall rooms have cable television and telephone access. They also have both hard-wired Internet and email service as well as wireless access.

Gerard Hall is named in honor of Fr. Gerard Bridge, O.S.B., who was the dean of Saint Vincent College from 1923 to 1927 and had been on the faculty and administration for 50 years. Students call this building “Gerry.”

Bonaventure Hall is named in honor of Fr. Bonaventure Reithmeier, O.S.B., who was dean of the college in the 1930s as well as a professor and director of dramatics. Students call this building “Bonny” for short.

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Photos: Bonaventure Hall, Gerard Hall

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