Lakeland's South Hall is officially open for business
Giving - posted on 8/25/2008
When Vernon Jaberg earned his degree on Lakeland College's campus in 1944, the place was called Mission House, enrollment had slipped under 100 due to America's involvement in World War II and there were serious discussions about moving the campus into Sheboygan.
Over 60 years later, on the day before classes commenced for the 2008-09 school year, Lakeland officially opened South Hall, the college's 10th residence hall, which broke ground in November of 2007.
Lakeland is still located on the same plot of land it occupied when Jaberg, a retired UCC minister, was a student, although the changes are hard to fathom. But it's amazing how some things stay the same.
"Vernon and I were talking about how some things have not really changed," said Lakeland president Stephen Gould at a formal grand opening held Monday afternoon. "There are three places we learned - the classroom, the laboratories and the library and, most of all, the residence halls."
South Hall, a $2.5 million, 64-bed facility, is located east of Hill House on the southern portion of Lakeland's campus on a space that had been reserved for future expansion. With the completion of South Hall, Lakeland has capacity for 667 on-campus resident students, and the college expects to be at capacity this school year.
Quasius Construction, Inc., of Sheboygan was the project's general contractor.
South Hall is a two-story, "L" shaped building, a total of 17,659 square feet that consists of two housing sections separated by a common activity section. Architecturally, it blends in with the adjacent houses (Hill, Morland and Kurtz).
The 64 beds are in eight student housing pods, similar to the layout in Brotz Hall. Each pod in the new hall is 1,620 square feet and includes three double rooms, two single rooms, a living room, kitchen and two shower/toilet rooms sharing a common lavatory counter area.
"There are wonderful design features to bring students together and provide the opportunity for them to be separate," Gould said.
The center activity area on the first floor (2,166 square feet) is two stories high and includes a commons room, small serving kitchen, restrooms, vestibule, mezzanine and mechanical/storage. The commons room, where Monday's ceremony was held, features a large gas fireplace and is wired for flat screens for cable TV and presentation. The room's designed flexibility allows use for relaxation, study, meetings and/or special events. The mezzanine can be accessed via two open stairs and overlooks and supplements the commons.
The building has energy efficiency in mind, and includes a state-of-the-art fire sprinkler system to increase the attention to safety for resident students.
Tours of the apartments were provided for those attending Monday's ceremony, and live music was performed by a pair of Lakeland faculty members: Alan Mock, chair of the social sciences division and associate professor of sociology, and Rick Dodgson, assistant professor of history.
Click to view a photo gallery of the South Hall ceremony
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