Housing adds 160 rooms, no additional amenities planned

Students skeptical on new wing

By Alina Hernandez
On April 27, 2017

Photo by Kaitlin Trujillo
Construction continues on the Centennial Village expansion. The expansion will only be adding more rooms for residents and no other amenities.

The $12.7 million construction on Centennial Village’s new wing began at the start of April.

The new "G" wing will run adjacent to Rosemont Street on the west end of campus. It will open in the fall 2018 semester.

"We will be able to offer private bedrooms to 160 more students than we could in years past, and that is huge for us," Director of Housing and Residential Programs Tracy Wright Baker said.

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company is in charge of the project. Housing will have a debt service, similar to a mortgage, to pay for the construction.

"Centennial Village is a very popular residence hall," Baker said. "As the freshmen class continues to grow, the demand for more on-campus beds increases. Students have continued to ask for more private bedroom options such as Centennial and Texan."

She said Centennial Village’s original design included a "G" wing. Currently, Centennial Village has "B"-"F" wings. The addition of a sixth wing will bring Centennial Village’s population to over 670 students.

"I think it’s nice that they are building an extra wing because there really isn’t that much space on campus anymore," Centennial Village resident Sarah DeLorenzo said.

The new wing will feature the same design and layout as the rest of Centennial Village. There will be either two or four students per unit, each with his or her own bedroom. Four bedroom units have two bathrooms. The two bedroom units have one bathroom. The rooms include other features such as mini fridges and microwaves.

Baker said the expansion will only add new rooms, not any added amenities such as more washers or dryers. Centennial Village, currently, has a laundry room which students can use free of charge.

"Yes, we do have a bigger laundry room, but there are days where it seems like everyone is trying to do laundry," DeLorenzo, sophomore, said. "If you add that many more people, it’s going to make it worse. I feel like they need to add more washers and dryers."

Baker said there are also no official parking changes to announce for Centennial Village students. Centennial Village students share parking space with Carr Hall.

Senior Teah Dollins lives in the wing closest to the construction site. She said the construction is annoying because there are times when her room shakes because of the work, and she cannot sleep.

DeLorenzo said she hopes the majority of the construction gets done during the summer, since she will live in Centennial Village next semester.

Baker said the cost of housing has not increased over the past several years. She said there might be a modest increase in housing rates for fall of 2018, but the increase would be across the board and not related to this project specifically.

Baker said there are no restrictions as to who can live in Centennial Village.

"As always, returning students get to select their rooms first, so they have the opportunity to select rooms in Centennial, but there is plenty of space for first year students," she said.

She said the expansion enables ASU to provide students with more of the types of rooms they are requesting.

"Students really love the private bedroom style rooms and those buildings have continued to be our most popular," Baker said.

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