INDIANAPOLIS (UIndy) - As enrollment continues to climb, the University of Indianapolis marked the start of construction on its sixth residence hall with a groundbreaking ceremony on Sept. 11.
Scheduled to open in fall 2009, the four-story $9-million building will cater to upperclassmen with 160 single-occupant rooms, multiple lounges and two-story atriums with balconies. The design calls for autoclaved aerated concrete block, a "green" product made from recycled material that is energy-efficient, fire-resistant and sound-dampening.
The 30-minute ceremony included remarks from university President Beverley Pitts, Trustee Gordon Wishard, Dean of Students Kory Vitangeli, Student Government President Betsy Semrau and Residence Hall Association President Annie Wilson.
Visitors also viewed the revamped interior of nearby Schwitzer Student Center, with its new wall and floor treatments, a reconfigured dining hall and recreation space, and a new grill, coffee shop and pizza counter.
UIndy's home-campus enrollment has hit an all-time high of 4,728 this fall, an increase of 49 percent since 1990 and 24 percent since 2003. More than 80 percent of freshmen live on campus. The new residence hall will bring campus housing capacity to 1,335.