When students returned to campus for the fall 2011 semester, West Virginia Wesleyan College's newest residence hall, New Hall, was ready and waiting for them to move in. Construction on the building began in October 2010.
Located at the corner of Camden Avenue and Braxton Street, the four-story building was designed in the spirit of Agnes Howard Hall by architect Bryson Von Nostrand to blend with the Georgian style of the other buildings on campus. Huffman Construction of Clarksburg constructed the building.
"This building was designed around the input from a lot of people, especially the folks in housing and the students," said Barry Pritts, vice president of administration and finance. "We really tried to design this building around what the expectation of students and parents would be. It is program driven. From the standpoint of what students want in terms of a state-of-the-art facility, it is all there."
West Virginia Wesleyan College students moved into New Hall this fall.
The new residence hall features suite-style living arrangements, with four students sharing a common bathroom, as well as some single rooms.
"We have taken great measures to make the new residence hall more of a home-style living arrangement, and to eliminate the institutional feel," said Alisa Lively, director of campus life.
There is a lounge on each of the four floors, as well as three large study lounges in the building. The new building features kitchenettes, laundry and vending areas. In fact, the laundry facilities are so advanced that the machines send students an electronic message when their clothes are ready.
Over the spring and summer, Wesleyan made another new addition to campus. The entire campus is now wireless, allowing students to access the Internet from any location, be it the residence halls, the classrooms or a favorite spot on the campus green overlooking the fountain.