Wayland’s dream of providing a new residence hall for men on the Plainview campus came one step closer with the groundbreaking on March 24 for a 350-bed dormitory on the northeast side of the campus.
Wayland is one of the premier Christian colleges in the area and provides a quality education with a Biblical worldview, especially for those students seeking a second home at Christian Baptist colleges and universities.
The new dorm will allow for more growth on the campus, which is currently at maximum capacity in its residence halls. It will also accommodate the Baptist college’s expected enrollment influx with the addition of a football program, which is slated to begin competitive play in the fall of 2012.
The recent groundbreaking was the result of a quest that began more than two years ago as the Christian college began to research avenues for upgrading and increasing men’s housing on campus. The three-story, 94,000 square foot structure will house 175 double-occupancy rooms, accommodating 350 male students. It will replace the existing McDonald Hall, which will be razed to make room for the new Flores Bible Building.
“We are not simply constructing a building,” said WBU Vice President for Enrollment Management Dr. Claude Lusk. “We are making a home for thousands of men who will, through time, change our world.”
Lusk said the Baptist university is also committed to environmental sustainability, incorporating with in the design more efficient plumbing and lighting as well as drought tolerant landscaping. Lusk said the design has been certified by the U.S. Department of Energy through its Energy Star Program. Lusk said some of the design elements incorporated into the building actually increased the construction costs, but the school decided to move forward with the more environmentally friendly structure.
“We are doing this because it is the right thing to do,” he said.
Located on Quincy between 8th and 9th streets, work has already begun on clearing the block. Once the remaining houses have been moved and the ground cleared, construction will begin on the building. The dorm is scheduled to be operational by the summer of 2012.