Where are they on that project?: Brescia University’s new additions

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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) A Tri-State college is in the middle of a construction boom on campus.

A new residence hall and classroom building are under construction at Brescia University.

Most of the students won’t be back on campus until the fall semester starts. The construction workers never left.

They’re building the new C.E. Field Center for professional studies on Frederica Street. It will have three floors worth of classrooms for their business, education and social work programs, plus new offices.

“It looks great,” says Fr. Larry Hostetter, Brescia Univ. President He also says it will also have room for making online teaching videos.

“It’s also important in the sense that we provide up to date educational spaces. In other words, the technology in those spaces is technology that’s going to assist the students in their learning process and the faculty in their learning process,” says Fr. Hostetter.

The Field Center is expected to be done by January, 2020.

Brescia University’s new residence hall

The university’s newest residence hall will be done much sooner. The building on St. Ann Street will provide housing for up to 38 students. Contractors are installing furniture in time for students to move in next month. Chris Houk, Vice President of Enrollment Management, says it will meet growing on-campus housing demand.

“This past year, we had to partner with some of our real estate owners here in the area and house some of our students close to the campus, but not on campus, and be able to welcome those students back on campus in this brand new facility will be a welcome asset to us,” says Houk.

Both projects are designed to meet growing enrollment and the changing preferences of their students.

“We’ve discovered that with this particular generation that they prefer and do better when they’re able to work together in teams,” says Fr. Hostetter.

“We’re coming off the largest freshman class in the history of the university last fall. So, this is a reflection of our investment and commitment not just to that class, but to all the students at Brescia University,” adds Houk.

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This story was originally published on July 23, 2019

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