College approves up to $28M for dorm project


FSU’s Ward Hall for honors students is one of several residence halls on its Big Rapids campus. Courtesy FSU

A college in the region has approved the construction of a new dorm on its main campus.

Ferris State University’s Board of Trustees approved last week the construction of a residence hall on the north end of its Big Rapids campus.

Construction on the dorm should begin this summer, and it should be ready for occupancy by August 2017 — with the total project cost not to exceed $28.15 million.

The residence hall will feature between 350 and 400 beds and be designed to ease the transition of first-year residents to life on a college campus.

The dorm is expected to be five or six stories and between 120,000 and 160,000 square feet.

Pre-construction services for the project were approved by the board last December.

FSU VP of Administration and Finance Jerry Scoby said the location of the residence hall is “the result of an extensive visioning and planning process that was inclusive of valuable student input.”

Scoby added that the dorm will be “a great addition” to a part of campus that is surrounded by “some important student support services,” including the FLITE library, newly renovated University Center, classrooms, laboratories and green space.

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