SOUTHFIELD — The public is invited to Lawrence Technological University’s groundbreaking ceremony for its $12 million residence hall on Monday.
The 47,545-square-foot, two-story building, which will have a capacity of 160 students, will be adjacent to the university’s largest parking lot along the Northwestern Highway service drive.
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 spaces.
“The building is designed to encourage students to be out of their rooms with plenty of space for interaction and collaboration,” said Virinder Moudgil, univeristy president. “One of the goals is to get new students involved in campus life by fostering collegiality.”
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, the univeristy is leasing residential suites for 80 students at Arbor Lofts located near campus on Civic Center Drive in Southfield.
“We anticipate 100 percent occupancy when we open our new residential hall in 2015,” said Dean of Students Kevin Finn. “We look forward to having more students living on campus.”