Accommodating growth: Roberts Hall under way

 

UIndy is breaking ground on its seventh residence hall this summer.

Scheduled to open in August 2012, Roberts Hall (named in honor of John Taylor Roberts, the University’s first president) will be located between Warren and Cravens halls on the south side of Hanna Avenue. Like its most recent predecessor—East Hall, which opened in 2009—the new dormitory will be aimed at upperclassmen, with a stylish décor, large lobbies and common areas, and a higher degree of privacy for residents.

The hall’s single and double rooms, with private sinks and semiprivate baths, intially will accommodate about 170 students with space for later expansion. The current plans include a first-floor fitness center and sunroom-lounges on each floor.

“We’ve learned from the enthusiastic response to East Hall,” says Dean of Students Kory Vitangeli, “that upperclassmen are very interested in privacy as well as usable common areas that build community among residents. We’re confident that Roberts Hall will prove just as popular and will add to the appeal of living on campus.”

The parking lot that currently occupies the construction site will be replaced with new lots to the east. Roberts Hall is being designed by Blackburn Architects. Construction will be overseen by Wilhelm Construction.