Marquette39s new residence hall complex is scheduled to open in 2018 Marquette University

Marquette's new residence hall complex is scheduled to open in 2018.

Groundbreaking set for $96 million residence hall at Marquette University

Two-tower complex will provide housing for 750 freshmen and sophomores.

Marquette University will break ground next month on a 750-bed residence hall on its Milwaukee campus.

The university says the the $96 million complex will house freshman and sophomore students in two 375-bed resident towers connected through the lower levels by dining and campus community space. The groundbreaking is set for Nov. 2.

Lora Strigens, Marquette's vice president for planning and strategy, says the residence halls will feature pod- and suite-like settings, as opposed to the traditional model of large buildings with small double rooms. It will be designed to meet LEED energy-efficiency and sustainability standards.

Rendering of new Marquette residence hall

The construction timeline calls for the complex to open in time for the 2018-19 academic year.

Once the new facilities are operating, the university will put together plans to raze McCormick Hall. That facility houses 725 students and is more than 50 years old.

The architects are Design Collective and Workshop Architects, and the builder is J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.

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