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New Apartment-style Residence Hall Slated for U of M, Crookston Campus
September 12, 2008

Contact: Peter Phaiah, associate vice chancellor for student affairs, 218-281-8505 (, Gary Willhite, director, residential life, 218-281-8530 (, Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.ed

New residence hall slated to open in July 2009.
Concept drawing of new residence hall slated to open in July 2009.
Crookston, Minn. (September 12, 2008) – With increased enrollment and the desire to offer students the best collegiate experience possible, the University of Minnesota Board of Regents recently recommended for approval the construction of a new apartment-style residence hall on the Crookston campus. The $10.6 million, 128-bed facility will house the growing student population in two wings, each with 16 two-bedroom/4 bed units. A recommendation for approval was made at the September 11, 2008, meeting of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents to hire Community Contractors and Michael J. Burns Architects as the design/build firm for the new residential life apartment facility. Work could begin this fall as early as September 22, with an expected completion date of July 2009.

Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Peter Phaiah was pleased with the Board of Regents decision to build for the future on the U of M, Crookston campus. “With a growth in enrollment and higher student retention rates, we are eager to offer students a brand new apartment-style facility,” explains Phaiah. “Living on campus has never been more desirable and as our enrollment increases, we want students to have access to another great residence hall as part of the exceptional student experience we are striving to offer.”

Housing on the Crookston campus for fall 2008 is at maximum capacity and Residential Life has offered students some off-campus options for housing. This new residence hall is the second apartment-style living option available at the U of M, Crookston. In 2006, Centennial Hall was completed and has been filled to capacity ever since.

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