A new campus construction project, beginning summer 2019, will build
two new Residence Halls and a Dining Facility.
In 2014, the Departments of Resident Life, Residential Facilities and the Office of the Vice-President for Student Affairs released the On-Campus Housing Strategic Plan, a fifteen-year roadmap for the construction of new residence halls and the renovation and modernization of other halls to enhance the Maryland Residential Experience. Since 2014, we have completed renovations to Cambridge Hall and Dorchester Hall. The construction of two new residence halls and a dining facility begins this summer.
Concurrent with building improvements, the plan described a vision of the Maryland Residential Experience focused on serving the needs of undergraduate students in their freshman and sophomore years and offering those students a housing experience that is engaging, diverse and an indispensable component of their academic success.
This 2019 update (pdf) accounts for evolving student needs, current market conditions, and the latest university priorities. The update focuses on the construction of two new residence halls that will serve as replacement housing for some of our older facilities and proposes a revised timeline (pdf) for sequencing renovation schedules for modernization of our other facilities.
This new construction project aligns with the Department of Resident Life and Residential Facilities’ On-Campus Housing Strategic Plan and is set to begin in summer 2019 with an anticipated opening of fall 2021.
The project will include two new residence halls, Rockville and Westminster Halls, that will house 902 first- and second-year students in single and double rooms. The new halls were designed to maximize natural light and offer high-quality common areas, study spaces, and lounges.
This new facility is the third residence hall construction project since 2011. Oakland Hall, featuring semi-suite living for 710 students unaffiliated with living and learning programs, opened in 2011. Prince Frederick Hall, which opened in fall 2014, houses 462 students in a combination of singles, doubles and four-person semi-suites with both non-program and program students residing in the building.
The Department of Dining Services is also thrilled to announce the construction of its first dining hall since the South Campus Dining Hall opened in 1974. The new facility will seat approximately 1,000 and feature a variety of seating styles, such as high tables, couches and lounge areas. It will also include 10 to 12 culinary stations.
The new facilities will be constructed on the field adjacent to Ellicott Hall and across Farm Drive, directly above LaPlata Beach.
There are 902 beds in both single and double occupancy rooms, a student to Resident Assistant (RA) ratio of 40:1 and live-in, full-time Resident Director staff.
The buildings will feature one multipurpose space, two study lounges and two general lounges are on each floor.
Laundry rooms, waste sorting rooms, bike storage and study space are available to residents.
There are 1,055 seats, which includes high tops, booths, banquettes, and 50 outdoor, covered balcony seats.
Featuring Vegan, Comfort Food, Latin American with freshly made tortillas, Asian Wok with build your own rice, Chef’s Feature and more. There will also be a separate allergen-free station, Salad Bar and Production Bakery.
LEED silver certification.
Gender neutral restrooms.
Take a peek at the future buildings on campus.
Beginning Monday, February 3, 2020 along Farm Drive in front of La Plata Hall, contractors will be directing pedestrians and vehicles as they install new underground storm water piping in the roadway. Below is some information about the work: