By Seth Littrell
Register News Writer
Eastern Kentucky University’s new residence hall on Kit Carson Drive next to the New Science Building will be ready this month to most of the students who have paid for rooms there, but 44 residents will have to wait a while.
University housing director Kenna Middleton said the wet summer weather hindered efforts to finish the residence hall for the fall 2013 semester. This is EKU’s first new dorm in 44 years, she added.
Having to move utility lines prior to the demolition of the old Brockton Apartments, where the hall now stands, also put construction behind schedule.
Despite the setbacks, Middleton said the contractor, Congleton Hacker, has been helpful in finishing the project as quickly as possible.
She said the university is working to make the late move-in as easy as possible for the students who are affected by continuing construction. Students who live close enough to commute to EKU can choose to do so, and when they are able to move in later in the semester, their housing rates will be prorated. Those who wish to live on campus at the start of the semester will be given free rooms in Telford Hall.
Affected students will have the option to receive modified meal plans and free off-site storage, and the university will hire a moving company to assist students when their rooms finally open, Middleton said.
The hall is configured in a suite style, unlike most of EKU’s other residence halls. Each suite can accommodate four people, and each has one bathroom and a kitchen area. Students may select between having a private room or, for a decreased rate, living with two people to a room. In all, the hall can house 259 people.
Each floor has a study nook as well as a room for trash disposal and recycling. The building also features a commercial-style “iron chef” kitchen for community meals and a room designed for bike storage.
The university has submitted a report to the U.S. Green Building Council for LEED certification and is awaiting a response to find out what level of certification the hall will receive, Middleton said.
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