University of Portland has announced plans to construct a new residence hall with room for approximately 270 students. The hall will be located on the UP campus adjacent to the newly constructed Beauchamp Recreation & Wellness Center. The University aims to have the project begin this summer and be completed prior to the start of the 2016-17 academic year.
The ground floor of the new residence hall will include a spacious lobby, a classroom, office space, a dining concession, and a chapel, while the top three floors will house students. Architectural rendering of the new building are available here
As a Catholic university, the University of Portland has been guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross since its founding in 1901, and central to the Holy Cross tradition of educating the whole person is providing opportunities for students to experience life together on campus living in community. With the construction of Fields and Schoenfeldt Halls, renovations to existing dorms, and completion of the new residence hall, the University will have increased its on-campus student housing capacity by 53 percent since 2009.
The University is also committed to providing more on-campus activities for students with the new Beauchamp Recreation & Wellness Center, a renovated and expanded student lounge, and increased weekend and evening events via the Pilots After Dark program.
University of Portland’s President, Fr. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C. notes, “One of the hallmarks of the UP experience is living and learning on the campus. A greater number of our students wish to remain in our residence halls throughout their college years and this new hall allows us to meet the demand for more on-campus living.”
The announcement of the new dormitory marks the latest achievement in a remarkable period of success for the University. It will be the 12th new or renovated campus facility to be completed since 2009, joining the new recreation and wellness center (Beauchamp Center); a completely renovated library (Clark Library); a state-of-the-art engineering hall (Shiley Hall); two new dormitories (Fields and Schoenfeldt Halls); a remodeled and vastly expanded dining facility (Bauccio Commons); a bell tower; a renovated and expanded student lounge and dining facility (Pilot House – to be completed in Fall 2015); a renovated science building (Romanaggi Hall); an expanded and renovated multipurpose athletic and events facility (Chiles Center); and an upgraded baseball stadium (Joe Etzel Field).
In recent years UP has welcomed several record freshman classes – in size, academic achievement, and diversity; set a new record every year for the number of freshman applications; and been recognized both regionally and nationwide for its academic quality, number of competitive scholarships won by students and alumni, and its return on investment. In addition to campus improvements and garnering institutional recognition, the University has increased scholarships for students, established endowed chairs and professorships, and expanded faculty research opportunities.
University of Portland is Oregon’s only comprehensive university with schools of business, education, engineering, nursing, a College of Arts and Sciences and a graduate school. The University offers a rich resource for the community through educational opportunities, research, experts, in addition to a host of community offerings such as athletic events, cultural events, speakers and lectures.