It is all part of the university’s master plan to transform the campus over the next five to seven years.
The plan includes the new residence hall, a new student center, an addition to the science center, and the demolition of two of the school’s older buildings.
To fund some of these projects, the school issued a $200 million bond and launched a capital campaign.
The 578- bed, six-floor residence hall is being built on Cardinal Avenue on a 9-acre parcel of land that used to be owned by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and where the school’s career development center and welcome center already sit.
“You couldn’t really draw it up any better because all this land is contiguous, amazingly so,” said Joe Kender, the school’s senior vice president for university relations.
He explained that they were “not maximizing it.”
The new residence hall will be similar in appearance to the 11-year-old Villiger Hall located across the street.
Read more about St. Joe’s new residence hall in the Philadelphia Business Journal.
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