Bulldozers pushing dirt and crews pouring concrete in the field on the northwest corner of Seminary Drive and James Avenue come as a welcome sight to Southwestern students. Soon, frames will be erected and walls will be constructed as part of the first phase of new student housing on campus. Despite minor setbacks, construction remains on schedule for occupancy in time for the fall semester, with phase two to come later.
Last spring, seminary trustees approved the new construction. Once both phases are completed, 12 buildings will hold 216 two-bedroom units and 36 three-bedroom units, for a total of 252 units. This doubles the current total of three-bedroom housing options on campus and better provides for families with children. Plans also include a commons area to the west with a playground, pavilion and picnic area.