Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 25, 2014

Work progressing on new quarters at Bluefield College

BLUEFIELD, Va. — Work is progressing on new quarters that will give Bluefield College students considerably more than the tradition dorm room has to offer.

After receiving suggestions from students, faculty and staff, the Bluefield College Board of Governors decided to call the new quarters the Bluestone Commons, said Dr. David Olive, president of Bluefield College. The name will be announced on campus today.

Motorists passing the campus can easily see the construction now underway.

“I think we’re on week 10 since they’ve broken ground, and I think they’re making great progress,” Olive said.

Each building under construction will have 12 units, he said. The college expects to have the first building open in August, and the second building is scheduled to open in the spring of 2015. Each unit will have the amenities of a regular apartment.

“There are three bedrooms in each unit. Two of the bedrooms are private and one is a double,” Olive said. “They will have a common living area, and a kitchen as well as a dining area. We’re going to have four students in each unit of the first building.”

Each building will house 48 students.

East River Hall, which was added to the campus five years ago, is similar to traditional dormitory while offering other features, Olive said. Old types of dorms usually have only one common meeting area on their ground floors, but East River Hall has common areas on every floor. There are also apartments for married students.

The design of East River Hall and the new Bluestone Commons is an outgrowth of looking at new types of residence facilities, he said. Students are excited by the idea of having these new quarters.

“Apartment style is very popular,” Olive stated. “Upper level students will have the opportunity for a more independent living arrangement.”

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