Anticipating higher enrollments in the next two years, an executive committee of the University of South Alabama board of trustees on Wednesday approved construction of a new dormitory.
The board gave the construction contract to W.G. Yates and Sons Inc., which had the low bid at $14.1 million. Officials plan to have the dorm ready for occupancy in fall 2013.
USA President Gordon Moulton said the new student dorm’s cost structure is similar to Stokes Hall, which opened last fall. Plans are to have it, like Stokes Hall, be a living/learning community program, where a faculty member takes up residence there as well.
Vice President for Student Affairs John Smith said he anticipates the residential halls will be full in the fall, which means the school will probably have a waiting list for rooms.