groundbreaking-1Christendom College will break ground on a new women’s residence hall, St. Clare’s, on October 10 at 5:30 p.m.

While many colleges are finding it difficult to find enough students to fill their beds and have seen their enrollments shrinking, Christendom College has seen a 21% growth in enrollment since 2012. Due to this tremendous growth, the college needs to expand its housing capacity to accommodate future growth.

St. Clare’s will be constructed in the area behind St. Edmund Campion Hall, and will be parallel with St. Catherine of Siena Hall once completed. The new residence hall, expected to be ready for occupancy next fall, will bring much-needed living space to campus, along with forming a quad between the women’s residence halls, increasing the opportunities for community life and social interaction on campus.

The last time the college built a residence hall was in 2000, when St. Catherine of Siena Hall was constructed. Since then, some houses located to the east of campus have been purchased and utilized as residence halls, thus forming a major part of the college’s east campus. The building of St. Clare’s Hall comes on the completion of two other recent building projects on campus: the Admissions Office Suite and the Madonna Hall extension.

The college will be working with Petrine Construction and architects O’Brien & Keane on this project, and will be designing it to meet best practices in residential living.

Anyone interested in attending this ground breaking ceremony is welcome and is encouraged to park in the parking lot adjacent to Crusader Gymnasium. Alumni returning to campus for Homecoming Weekend 2015 (for more information, click here) are particularly invited to attend this momentous event in the life of the college.

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