BLUEFIELD, WV (WVVA) For the first time in more than 50 years, Bluefield State College is preparing to offer students on-campus housing.
The roughly $16.5 million project will break ground on August 17. The new residence hall will be called Heritage Village and it will house a total of 120 students.
Bluefield State Provost, Dr. Ted Lewis says with more bodies on campus, he expects a spike in activity. “There will more events throughout the day and the evening hours and on weekends as well. It’ll make a much more lively atmosphere into the evenings and into the weekends for our college.”
On-campus housing is something alumni have asked for for years.
“They pushed and pushed and it was promised and promised, and now to see it come to fruition and it really happening, they’re very excited. I’m very excited,” said Dr. Deirdre Guyton, Director of BSC Alumni Affairs.
Dr. Lewis says the new residence halls will house about 10% of the student population. If the need becomes greater, more residence halls will be constructed.