‘Perfect timing’ opens new dorm to students

Wednesday, August 30, 2006


Corban College students arriving “on the hill” this week were greeted by a changed skyline that now includes a brand-new

Northwest-style women’s residence hall.

The $3.5 million as-yet-unnamed hall is the newest building in a series of recent construction projects. Like the others, it was added to serve a growing student body. The unofficial figure for current student enrollment is roughly 900, a 5 percent increase over last year.

The new hall’s completion follows that of Davidson Hall, a men’s dorm, in 2004, and the Psalm Center, a $3.6 million performing arts complex, in 2005. Classrooms and some faculty offices were also completely re-vamped in 2005.

The new residence hall houses 110 students, said Corban Vice President for Business Chris Erickson. Student housing fees are expected to pay off the building over the next 15 years.

The three-story dorm was designed to fit into its natural hillside surroundings. It features a stone façade and a two-story stone fireplace. Maple accents, large windows and colorful tiles are used inside.

Music students welcomed the new dorm’s two insulated practice rooms, a feature not found in any other residence halls on campus.

“We have many students who are involved in vocal groups or instrumental groups or who play individual instruments, so there’s a need all over campus for places for them to practice,” Erickson said.

The hall’s contractor is R.L. Reimers Construction Co., of Albany. The architect is William Ryals, of Salem, and the interior designer is Carolyn Keith, also of Salem.

Corban received occupancy permits from Marion County three days before students began arriving on Aug. 26. Fall semester classes began on Aug. 30.

“We are delighted to have access to the hall. The timing was perfect,” Erickson said.

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