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Bowdoin to Build Residence Hall, Expand Dining

Story posted February 15, 1998

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Bowdoin College today announced plans to begin construction on a new 120-bed residence hall later this year. The $5.2 million building is part of a $12.5 million, two-year project to expand residential and dining facilities on the south end of campus. The residence hall will be built on College-owned land that lies within the College Use District as zoned by the Town of Brunswick. It is located west of Tower Drive, which runs along Wentworth Hall and Coles Tower between College Street and South Street.

Construction on the 120-bed dormitory is slated to begin this summer and open for occupancy in the fall of 1999. Initial plans call for the four-story, 43,000-square-foot residence hall to include two wings of rooms, connected by a four-story common area. The residence hall will contain 60 single-occupancy rooms and 30 double-occupancy rooms. Many of the rooms will be configured in suites of two or four bedrooms connected by a shared living room, private bathroom and a kitchenette. The large social common area will include a kitchen, a lounge with multipurpose space, a computer/study room and a television room. The residence hall will also include basement storage, laundry and vending areas.

Final plans are being completed by project architect Kallmann McKinnell and Wood of Boston. College officials will soon submit project plans to the Brunswick Planning Board.

The new residence hall will provide another option under the College's residential life initiative, begun in 1997 to provide more of Bowdoin's 1,550 students an opportunity to live on campus. The College will not be increasing the size of its student body as a result of the new construction.

To facilitate construction, the College will remove the barn and RLS portions of the Delta Sigma fraternity house, located at 259 Maine St. -- portions that have been deemed to be of no historic or architectural significance. Construction of the new dormitory will not require any alterations to the main section of the Delta Sigma fraternity house, which the College purchased in 1997. A decision on the future use of Delta Sigma has been deferred indefinitely. Bowdoin also will raze a College-owned house at 7 South St., acquired in 1997.

The College plans to expand and renovate the Wentworth Hall dining area as part of the two-year project. The dining expansion is scheduled tentatively to begin in March 1999 and to be operational by the fall of 2000. The expansion will add 250 seats, for a total of 570. The expansion will also add space for food preparation and serving areas and staff offices.

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