Starting fall 2017, Plymouth State students will have a new residence hall to call home. To accommodate its growing enrollment, the University recently began construction on Merrill Place Residence Hall and Conference Center, a seven-story building that will house up to 350 students. “Merrill Place’s design is in line with the evolving housing preferences of today’s college student—rooms designed for more individualized use and a higher ratio of bathroom facilities to students,” says Steve Taksar, vice president for finance and administration. “Other amenities include air conditioning; bike storage; a central, communal kitchen; a student lounge; and a game area.”
As the name implies, Merrill Place will also provide much-needed event space on campus, with a first-floor conference center that will accommodate up to 500 students or summer guests for lecture-style events or up to 300 people for dinners and other special events.
Centrally located on Merrill Street, across from Hyde Hall, the new building is being constructed with a commitment to advanced energy efficiency and sustainability, a University practice that began with the construction of Langdon Woods Residential Complex in 2007. ■ Bruce Lyndes
Above: Architect’s rendering courtesy of Perkins + Will, Boston, MA.
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