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Texas Tech Breaks Ground on New Residence Hall

University officials broke ground May 11 on the 516-bed residence hall.

Written by Chris Cook

The Boston Avenue Residence Hall and Dining Facility is scheduled for completion in time for the fall 2012 semester.

The Boston Avenue Residence Hall and Dining Facility is scheduled for completion in time for the fall 2012 semester.

Approved by the Board of Regents in February, Texas Tech regents and officials broke ground May 11 on a new 516-bed residence hall at 18th Street & Boston Avenue. The $45 million project is a response to the university’s enrollment growth.

“As we work toward our goal of enrolling 40,000 students by 2020, it is vital that the university accommodates this growth and provides the facilities necessary for our students’ continued success,” said Kent Hance, chancellor of the Texas Tech University System. “The new addition of the residence hall and dining facility will not only be a great place for our students, but will also serve as a beautiful cornerstone to the campus.”

The Boston Avenue Residence Hall and Dining Facility is scheduled for completion in time for the fall 2012 semester. The 178,000 square foot facility will feature private bedrooms, shared living areas, ceiling fans, microwave ovens, refrigerators, Ethernet connections in each room and other amenities. Additionally, 22,000 square feet will accommodate a dining facility, which will include a mini market and various food vendors. The project will add approximately 500 parking spaces.

“We have made tremendous strides in retention and growth over the last decade,” said Guy Bailey, Texas Tech president. “Interest in Texas Tech University continues to grow and we are seeing that trend in interest at recruiting events. More and more prospective students are aware of the high quality of education they can receive at Texas Tech.”

The fall 2010, fall 2009 and spring 2011 semesters, respectively, are the top three semesters by enrollment since the university opened its doors in 1925. Since fall 2001, the university has experienced a 23.7 percent growth in enrollment.

BOKA Powell LLC of Dallas designed the building as part of a Design Build Team with Austin Commercial L.P. The project is managed internally by the Texas Tech University System’s Facilities Planning and Construction office.

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8 Responses to “Texas Tech Breaks Ground on New Residence Hall”

  1. Rick Featherston Says:

    Who may live in this dorm? Male or Female?

  2. Tom Says:

    I imagine it will be like almost all of the other dorms where both genders will be there. Given the U shape my guess is that it would be divided in half when men on one side, women the other.

  3. Sean Says:

    This new hall will be co-ed by suite, similar to Gordon Hall, Carpenter/Wells and Murray Hall. Each suite has private bathroom(s) facilities.

  4. Daniel Says:

    What type of dorm will it be? i.e shared room like Wall/ Gates, or suite-style like Murray, etc?

  5. Sean Says:

    Like Murray Hall, one thing that is different than Murray is about half of the students will live in 2 bedroom suites, and the other half will live in 4 bedroom suites–just like Murray.

  6. Alan Says:

    This new hall will also have a state-of-the-art, two story dining facility!

  7. Lindsay Says:

    I’m wondering if this dorm will be for upperclassmen much like C/W and Murray?

  8. Cody Says:

    This hall will be co-ed and dependent on which gender selects the room first. All students including freshman will be able to live in Boston Hall

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