Dodge City Community College will hold a groundbreaking for its new dormitory building at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, at Dodge City Community College at 2501 N. 14th Ave. The building, which will house 120 beds, is scheduled to be completed by July 2014 and students should be able to move in by fall of that year.
The new building, which is yet to be named, comes after the completion of Jackson Hall, an all women’s dormitory on campus. The new dormitory will house all men.
“We wanted to ensure that we had comparable housing for the male students,” said Beverly Temaat, dean of student services for the college.
The new building will be three stories high and be similar to Jackson Hall in its brickwork and stucco design. It will included social lounges, study areas, large TV viewing areas and laundry facilities in each wing of the hall.
The decision to build the new structure came from increased housing demand as well as demand for newer facilities.
“We’re just excited that we’ll be able to offer comparable housing because it had been a while since we had built any new residence halls,” Temaat said. “And I think the expectations of today’s students are a little different.”
One outstanding feature of the new building is that there will be one bathroom for every two students. Part of the plan for construction involved removing Sites Franklin hall, an older existing building. In place will be a parking circle. Rain delayed construction of the new building but Temaat said that construction is back on schedule. The building will be entirely paid with money from student fees.
“We’re real proud of the fact that our students are paying for their own living accommodations,” Temaat said.
Construction for the building began in several phases, starting with demolition and concrete pour. Now the actual framing of the building is ready to take place.
The public is invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony, which will include remarks by college President Don Woodburn, President of Simpson Construction Services Bob Simpson and Randy Phillips of Spangenberg Phillips Tice Architecture. A reception catered by Great Western Dining will follow the ceremony.
“We’re excited about it and the students are extremely excited,” Temaat said.