Lawrence Tech To Build $11M New Dormitory

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SOUTHFIELD — Construction will start in the spring on the third residence hall,  an $11 million project, at Lawrence Technological University, and is scheduled for completion in time for fall classes in 2015.

The 47,545-square-foot, two-story building will have a capacity of 160 students. It will be located north of LTU’s current North Housing residence hall, and will face the university’s largest parking lot and the Northwestern Highway service drive. The building will have a 4,000-square-foot partial basement for mechanical systems and storage.

Lawrence Tech currently has capacity for 600 students at its two residence halls.

University Housing Solutions and Adena Corporation, both of Mansfield, Ohio, are the developer-design-builder and construction manager for the project, respectively. JPRA Architects of Farmington Hills developed the plans and are the architects of record.

The new residence hall will have five pods with 16 double-occupancy units. Each pod in the new building will have its own common lounge with fireplace and kitchenette space complete with range, refrigerator, and microwave appliances. Amenities include cafe/retail space on the first floor, central laundry on both floors, a multi-purpose room, a game room, and two conference-type spaces. 

Lawrence Tech’s addition of varsity athletic programs and more student activities has created a greater demand for on-campus housing. During the current academic year, LTU is leasing residential suites for 80 students at Arbor Lofts located near campus on Civic Center Drive in Southfield.

The building will be completely funded by the housing fees charged to its occupants.

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