TROY – Construction of a new 376-bed residence hall at Troy University is under way, adding much-needed student housing, with a values-oriented twist.
In collaboration with St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Troy and the Archdiocese of Mobile, the residence hall will feature a Newman Center, a Catholic ministry center found on secular university campuses throughout the world and on more than 270 campuses in the United States.
“This is a values-oriented residence hall,” said Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., Chancellor, during his recent report to University trustees.
While housing in the residence hall will be open to all University students, Catholic students, as well as students of faith, may take part in Newman Center activities and attend events in a 2,300 square-foot chapel that will be the centerpiece of the development.
“There are many facets to a university,” said Father Den Irwin, pastor of St. Martin’s. “It’s not only education the students need, but we need to be concerned with instilling values and a proposal about how to live a good life. We want to help TROY students find answers to their life questions.”
Dr. Hawkins told trustees construction on the $11.8 million residence hall is expected to be completed in August 2013.
Troy University Foundation is building the facility, with financing provided by Troy Bank and Trust. Once constructed, trustees approved a measure that allows the University to lease the facility from the Foundation, a private entity, for its management and maintenance. A similar agreement is in place for the Trojan Village residential complex, completed in 2007.
Annual surveys of student preferences reflected in the National Survey of Student Engagement indicate 70 to 75 percent of TROY students state “spiritual life” is important to them. The new residence facility is designed to provide that atmosphere.