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Groundbreaking held for new Belmont Abbey residence halls

Dry dirt flies at the groundbreaking last Thursday for the new residence hall at Belmont Abbey. From left- Abbey president Dr. Bill Thierfelder, Belmont mayor Charlie Martin, Montcross Chamber board chair Shannon Thomas, Abbot Placid Solari, the BAC Crusaders mascot. Photo by Alan Hodge

By Alan Hodge

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A large crowd of folks endured near 100F temperatures last Thursday at a groundbreaking ceremony for new residence halls at Belmont Abbey College. The groundbreaking took place at the site of the new hall directly across from the Abbey Yard baseball field. 

“This is an amazing thing,” said BAC president Dr. Bill Thierfelder. “Through the grace of God we found a way and the resources to male this a reality.”

The $4.4 million, 136-room residence hall represents the largest capital investment in the college’s history. The new hall will primarily serve upperclassmen but also add new classroom, office, and meeting space. MKC Architects designed the new building to mirror the Gothic architecture prominent on the college’s campus. University Housing Solutions is the contractor building the new facility. 

 The plans include additional parking for residents of the new hall. The as of yet unnamed new residence hall will be situated across from the softball field. The college has plans for a duplicate residence in the near future adjacent to the new dorm. In addition to these new accommodations, the college is also considering additional food service options for 2020 and beyond.

 The structure will be five stories, with the first story having meeting areas, social areas, offices, two classrooms, and a student lounge available to all students, including commuters. The upper floors will alternate between a men’s and women’s floor. Each residence floor will have a kitchenette, study areas, a laundry area, and a gathering area on each side. For security, the upper floors will only be accessible via the elevator and the stairwell via the student’s magnetic ID that will permit them to their floor. 

The new hall will open in August of 2020. The annual cost for the new residence will be $7,300 per year which is only about $70 more a month than St. Scholastica and St. Benedict Halls which were the last new halls built in 2013. For more information regarding the new halls, contact the college admissions office at [email protected] or by calling 1-888-222-0110.