Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Thursday, December 15, 2011


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Southwestern Slates Groundbreaking for First On-Campus Housing


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Southwestern Law School yesterday announced the informal groundbreaking for its first on-campus residential facility is set to take place on Friday.

Construction on the $20 million facility is slated to begin later this month, and completion is scheduled for 2013.

Dean Bryant G. Garth predicted that this “next very exciting phase of our campus expansion will further transform what is now a model urban law school campus into an even more inviting environment reminiscent of an inspiring, small liberal arts college setting.”

He said the “living-learning village” created by  the addition of on-campus housing “is a natural extension of the student-centered approach that  is the hallmark of Southwestern.”

The planned 105,000 square-foot dormitory houses 133 dwelling units, a large open-air courtyard and related parking situated on 1.27 acres on the southwest corner of the campus at 7th Street between Westmoreland Avenue and Shatto Place.

The building design includes four floors of housing above two levels of parking, and the fully furnished units are expected to accommodate 153 students, the equivalent of about 40 percent of the school’s typical entering class.

Rent is projected to range from about $1,500 for studios to $2,200 for two-bedroom apartments, a school spokesperson said.

Each unit is expected to feature granite countertops, vaulted ceilings, floor-to-ceiling glass windows, washers and dryers, and a flat screen 42-inch monitor.

Environmentally-conscious features are also planned, with the construction plans calling for the use of energy-efficient appliances, lighting and windows; a reflective roofing system; recycling facilities; and drought tolerant plants.


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