Texas Christian University recently broke ground on its newest residential complex, which is slated to open in 2025.
The TCU Board of Trustees initially approved the construction of the two new residence halls, a dining hall, and a common area in 2021, TCU 360 reported.
The new complex will be located on a former parking lot on the southeast corner of Lubbock and Louden Street, behind the Neely School of Business. The dining hall will be located between the two residence buildings and the outdoor common area will be constructed between the dining hall and the Neely School of Business.
“In my mind, it will look similar to Marion and Clark,” said Victor Boschini, chancellor of the university in 2021.
The new residence halls will feature a pod-style dormitory layout and house 292 students, while the dining area will be able to seat up to 550 diners, according to Newsbreak.
Preliminary work on the site started last fall, with construction of the new facilities originally scheduled to begin in the spring of this year. However, the school has only recently broken ground on the project, The Texan reported.
“Given our continued growth, it is time for us to add housing that further supports our connection culture and high student retention rates,” Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Kathy Cavins-Tull said previously, per Newsbreak. “With each new building, we have the exciting opportunity to consider location, design, and common spaces that support student connectivity, health, and wellness.”
Craig Allen, executive director for housing and residence life at TCU, said that the new additions to campus will aid in bringing the campus together in a “cool way.”
“The east campus that people know today will not be the same in five, six, eight years,” said Allen, according to Newsbreak. “I think as we put student housing on the east side of campus, there will come a time where we won’t refer to one part or the other as the academic versus the residence areas.”