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The site of the new dorms as seen on May 23, 2020.

New housing option breaks ground

May 28, 2020

Construction on the new residential building broke ground for the first time since University Suites in 2003.

The soon to be five-story, 77,200 square foot building will be positioned along Kenton Drive and is set to open in the fall of 2021. The new building will house 297 beds in a semi-suite-style living and lounge areas, a double-sided kitchen, meeting rooms and lighted event plaza. It will achieve LEED Silver certification upon completion.

“This will be a modern living and learning environment unlike traditional residence halls offered,” said Arnie Slaughter, co-interim chief Student Affairs officer and dean of students. “We listened to the feedback from our students when we designed this building, and we think they will be pleased to see it under construction.”

NKU partnered with Messer Construction to lead the project.

“We know students who live on campus have higher retention and persistence rates, remain engaged and have a more fulfilling collegiate experience. This is an essential factor when we look at how to be a student-ready institution, and this new complex will offer more opportunities to build a community on campus,” said President Ashish Vaidya. “Especially in these uncertain times, this new construction is a welcome sign of things to come as we build the future home for our students.”

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