WBU officials break ground for dormitory

March 24, 2011

PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University administrators, trustees and guests gather on a cool, breezy afternoon to officially break ground on the university’s latest building project, a 350-bed men’s dormitory.

“(Today) we recognize and publicly state our commitment to Wayland’s mission of providing Christian higher education,” said WBU Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Bobby Hall as he welcomed the guests.

Thursday’s ground breaking was the result of a quest that began more than two years ago as Wayland 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. The need for additional housing comes with increased enrollment, due in large part to the addition of athletic opportunities for students such as football and wrestling. The new dorm will house more than three times the number of student currently occupying McDonald Hall.

“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 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