JEFFERSON CITY — Carson-Newman University students will soon have a new place to call home. Construction of a new residence life complex was given the green light, following approval by the university’s board of trustees during their January meeting.
The announcement comes as the university prepares to open a 48,000 square-foot health sciences building this fall, adding momentum to the institution’s five-year strategic plan — “Acorns to Oaks: Pursuing God’s Preferred Future.” The Drama and Ted Russell Center is the first new academic building at C-N in 15 years.
“I am grateful to our board of trustees and all of those involved in preparing for this new project,” said President Charles A. Fowler. “I am excited for our students. Receiving feedback and input from them during the planning process was important to us. We wanted a place that would continue to grow a sense of campus community for our students — and that is what this project represents.”
The new residence life facility will be the largest construction project in Carson-Newman’s 172-year history, covering more than 110,000 sq feet. It will be located on the university’s west campus, adjacent to the Appalachian Commons student apartments complex. C-N is partnering with University Housing Solutions, one of the premier developers in the student housing sector. UHS’s focus on small, private universities makes for an ideal teammate.
Twin living facilities will house 524 beds and will be connected by a two-story “Community Connector”, home to a large gathering and gaming space on the first floor, while study space is designated for the second floor.
“Carson-Newman desires to provide spaces and places for students to live and study that are marked by excellence,” said Fowler. “This new residence life facility reflects our heart for Christian community and our commitment to excellence.” B&R