Duquesne University today announced plans to build a new residence hall to meet growing on-campus housing needs. The plan, approved by the Board of Directors, comes in the wake of continuous record-breaking enrollment.“A Duquesne education is in demand more than it has ever been and, as a result, we need more on-campus housing options for our students,” said Dr. Charles Dougherty, president. The largest classes in University history have been enrolled under Dougherty’s leadership.
Additionally, retention rates well above national averages and a desire voiced by students to remain on campus during their junior and senior years were factors considered in the decision. Duquesne has also initiated a new strategic plan in which further enhancing the quality of the student experience and improving housing facilities are specifically identified.
The new building will be located on the site of Duquesne’s Des Places Hall, which houses various academic and non-academic units. Demolition of Des Places is slated for November 2010 and construction will begin in spring 2011. Approximately 400 beds will be available for upperclassmen in suite-style configurations.
“One of the first things prospective students and their parents want to see when they visit is on-campus housing,” said Paul-James Cukanna, associate provost for enrollment management. “Today’s students have high expectations of campus services and demand an engaging environment in which to live and learn. In order to remain competitive in the marketplace it’s important to offer modern facilities and a variety of living arrangement options.”
Nearly 3,500 reside on Duquesne’s campus in six residence halls. More than just “dorms,” Duquesne utilizes the term Living Learning Centers, as it more accurately describes this exciting part of the college experience. The various Living Learning Centers provide everything from group programming and events to computer labs and dining options as well as a place to relax and socialize with friends. Events are held each weekend as part of Duquesne’s Residence Life Weekend Programming Series.
The University will work with the City of Pittsburgh Planning Commission this spring in moving the project forward. In alignment with Duquesne’s commitment to environmental stewardship, the building will be constructed to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification of the U.S. Green Building Council.