In 2011, following two Master Plans produced in 1995 and 2005, and a new building in 1997 Loyola University of Maryland once again asked Stegman+Associates to develop a program and schematic design for new student housing. The planning was initiated by the University’s plan to introduce a Living Learning program for all first-year students entering in the Fall of 2013.
The scope of work included developing a space program to accommodate Living Learning functions and identifying how each existing first-year residence hall could accommodate those activities. Program matching exercises identified three alternate approaches to addressing program deficiencies including renovation of an existing tower and two possible sites for new construction. The working committee selected a phased construction approach for a new 392-bed hall to be located in the heart of the West Campus. Special program components include administrative offices, classrooms, comfortable living rooms and a community cooking facility.
In order to control project costs the building is currently planned as three stories of wood-framed construction on a two story masonry base. Construction managers Whiting- Turner recommended this approach following successful completion of a large project for another university in the area. Fund raising for this project is underway.