New Construction

Central State University Breaks Ground on Honors Dorm

On the campus of Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, officials recently broke ground on a new residence hall for students enrolled in the university’s Honors College. Construction on the $15-million facility is set to begin this month, be completed by July 2022 and open to students in time for the fall 2022 semester, according to local news.

The facility will cover 57,000 square feet of currently undeveloped space between the university’s library and the National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center. The three-story facility will feature 119 beds, as well as amenities like multipurpose space, common areas, interactive study areas, and a lounge/dining area.

The CSU Honors College opened less than a year ago and has a current enrollment of a little more than 200 students. “Valedictorians, salutatorians, merit finalists…these individuals will be those high-achieving students, and this residence hall will hold many of those students,” said Dr. Jack Thomas, CSU President.

The facility was developed by national campus housing company University Housing Solutions. “This is going to be apartment-style housing—mostly two-bedroom units, but we do have one-bedroom studios, as well,” said Meghan Schmidt, the development director for University Housing Solutions.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine attended the groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, Aug. 6. “It’s always great to meet students and hear what their vision is and what they want to do,” he said.

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