Groundbreaking set for new men's dormitory at Wayland

March 17, 2011

PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University will break ground on a new 350-bed men’s dormitory on the Plainview campus on Thursday, March 24, at 1:45 p.m.

The event will take place at the dorm’s future location on the corner of 8th and Quincy Streets in conjunction with the spring meeting of the university’s Board of Trustees. The board approved the new facility at its spring meeting in 2010.

The dorm is being built to replace McDonald Hall, originally built in 1948 and located on the corner of 6th and Quincy Streets. However, the new structure will provide nearly triple the capacity in order to make room for the influx of male students expected when the new football program begins fully in fall 2012. A leadership class of 50 is being recruited now for Fall 2011 to begin workouts with Coach Jeff Lynn.

The 90,000 square foot residence hall will feature three stories and a large courtyard area and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2012. The project is expected to cost around $15 million.

Once the dorm is ready for residents, the current McDonald Hall facility will be razed to make room for the new Flores Bible Building, which includes a chapel and mission center. A capital campaign is currently underway to raise funds for that facility, with about half the funds secured to date.