Trustees approve razing residence halls


The Shippensburg University Council of Trustees voted unanimously at its March 30 meeting to demolish several residence halls on campus to make way for the construction of new student housing.

The trustees approved a resolution to demolish McCune, Lackhove and Kieffer halls as well as Seavers Apartments. The demolition of the residence halls is part of Phase 1 of the on-campus student housing replacement plan that will ultimately result in the construction of three new residential buildings.

The demolition of the four buildings had already been approved in the university’s master plan. The plan includes the replacement of on-campus student housing and improving related on-campus sites.

Trustees said the demolition of the buildings is necessary to proceed with Phase 1 of the project and begin Phase 2. The first phase of the construction project will add three new student housing buildings, two on the north side of campus and one on the south side of campus, adding 924 beds for residential students.

The three residential buildings, which will feature suites with both private and shared bedrooms, are expected to be ready for students to move into by January 2013. Room selection for the new residence buildings is already in progress.

Trustees said that even though the construction of the new buildings is running slightly behind schedule, they will be ready by the completion date.

The remaining four traditional residence halls are Naugle, McLean, Harley and Mowrey. The university’s master plan indicates that they will be replaced in the future as well.

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