New residence hall to open in Fall 2018
February 8, 2017
Carthage plans to construct a new 43,000-square-foot residence hall that will house up to 126 students and set aside two floors for versatile common spaces where those across campus can gather.
The eight-story tower will connect Joseph Johnson and Madrigrano Family residence halls. Crews could break ground this summer on the estimated $21.5 million project, and the construction won’t displace any existing residents.
Carthage leaders expect the new hall to welcome its first residents in 2018. The additional housing aligns with the College’s strategic plan, which calls for an enrollment increase from the current 2,600 traditional undergraduate students to 2,700 by 2019.
“College seekers want to find that place they can call home away from home while they pursue their education,” said Ashley Hanson, associate vice president of admissions. “Shared experiences from living in the residence halls help to shape a Carthage education.”
No name has been assigned to the future tower. Suite-style housing will fill the top six floors, leaving the bottom two dedicated to shared spaces for study, relaxation, and programming.
New common spaces will welcome residents
Kimberlie Goldsberry, vice president for student affairs, said feedback from Carthage residents consistently identified two top priorities: common spaces and cooking areas. The new building is designed to offer plenty of both.
Overall, the project will more than triple the square footage set aside for common space in Madrigrano and Johnson halls. Continued growth has forced Carthage to convert many of those buildings’ original lounges to rooms.
“Those spaces have been gobbled up due to demand, and this way we can better fulfill the true mission of a residential campus,” Ms. Goldsberry said. “The common spaces will make it feel more welcoming and engaging.”
About 70 percent of Carthage students live on campus. The newest facility will complement the 5-year-old Campbell Student Union, which serves as the central engagement space for students across campus.
Ash Lettow of Workshop Architects designed the tower, working with Carthage to identify a mix of gathering areas. Each space could take on a distinct identity, inviting quiet study and reflection, gaming, group collaboration, or cooking.
Kitchenettes will be installed on both private and communal floors. Ms. Goldsberry said that’s particularly appealing to international students who stay on campus over break periods, as well as to those who work or conduct research on campus over the summer.
Carthage already has invested more than $200 million in residential, academic, and recreational facilities since 1999. Officials anticipate that the new tower will provide families another cost alternative, priced in between the five traditional residence halls and the Oaks Residential Village.
Changes are coming to the area surrounding the residence halls, too. Although the project requires the removal of the outdoor basketball court, schematic drawings show a few additions — notably, a drop-off traffic circle, walkways, and patio seating.
- Learn more and see a fly-through video of The Tower
- Learn more about residential life at Carthage
- Want to support residential life activities at Carthage? Contact Bridget Haggerty in the Office of Institutional Advancement at 262-551-6572 or bhaggerty1@Carthage.edu.
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