College’s Board of Trustees approves $24M residence hall project

Marietta College’s Board of Trustees approved the construction of a $24 million, 105,000-square-foot complex at the corner of Seventh and Putnam streets that will provide a health and wellness center, a dining area and some apartment-style units for 364 students.

College officials are also pleased to announce that the Ohio Higher Educational Facility Commission (OHEFC) has authorized the issuance of tax-exempt revenue bonds to fund the project.

College officials have already obtained a height variance from the City Planning Commission, according to Fred Smith, Director of Physical Plant. This allowed the College to proceed with design, secure funding and obtain construction permits.

The project is expected to begin in March and be completed by the fall of 2012. 

“The new residence hall is more than just a new building on campus,” says President Jean A. Scott. “It is an important reaffirmation of our commitment to residential life at Marietta College. The College’s Board of Trustees did a thorough evaluation of what adding a new residence hall means to the long-term strength of Marietta College.”

The new residence hall, which was designed by the Design Group in Columbus, Ohio, will be a combination of apartments, single and double rooms. Residents of two single rooms will share a full bathroom, as will residents of two double rooms.

The building will replace Parsons Hall, which will be razed after construction is completed. Parsons opened in the fall of 1961 and is named for President Edward S. Parsons (1919-36). The structure cost $796,520, most of the funding coming from a $655,000 federal loan.

Marietta College will relocate the student parking currently behind Mills Hall and next to McCoy Hall in a new parking lot where Parsons and Timblin halls used to stand. College officials say this should increase the number of parking spots for students.

The new residence hall will provide space for some students who have been living off campus, and allow for the growth of the undergraduate student body by approximately 100 students.

Marietta College’s 2010-11 enrollment is approximately 1,400 students with an additional 150-200 part-time students.

The new residence hall will also accommodate a health and wellness center, which will provide expanded hours of service to students. The Counseling Center will move from Andrews Hall to the new facility.

The College is following LEED principles in the design of the residence hall and is making decisions on which features are possible to accomplish under the current budget for construction.

LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

“The design focus has been on optimizing energy efficiencies in the heating and air conditioning system, building structure and windows, high efficiency hot water systems and low water consumption fixtures,” Smith says. “Another design focus has been storm water systems that retain runoff and also mitigate parking lot runoff pollution of Goose Run. And, as we get into finishes and furnishings we will be specifying low volatile organic compounds (VOC) and ‘Green Seal’ certified products.”

This is Marietta College’s first residence hall construction since McCoy Hall was completed in the fall of 2001. The College also renovated Fayerweather Hall in the fall of 2005.

View a powerpoint file with more artist renderings of the new residence hall.