Rendering of new residence hall at University of Memphis that will replace Richardson Towers by 2015 (courtesy University of Memphis).
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -
The University of Memphis broke ground Tuesday on a 780-bed residence hall at the corner of Patterson and Norriswood.
The new building, which will face Central Avenue, will replace Richardson Towers and is expected to be completed for the fall 2015 semester.
"Today we broke ground on a building that will serve as a home away from home for many future generations of Dreamers, Thinkers and Doers," said Peter Groenendyk, director of Residence Life and Dining Services. "It's fitting that it took place on the first day of the University's 101st year."
The University will continue to operate Richardson Towers until the new building is complete, and then will remove it to create additional green space.
The $53 million building will feature double- and single-occupancy rooms on wings with shared private bathrooms. The facility also will have 24 apartments, each with six single-occupant bedrooms. The building, which will meet Tennessee's Sustainable Design Guidelines, also will feature classrooms, study and project space, and room for student programs.