On August 28, 2015, Aquinas College, BL Harbert International and Mike Hathaway of 906 Studio Architects celebrated the groundbreaking of the Aquinas College new women’s residence hall in a public ceremony.
The project is the first new construction project for the four-year Catholic, liberal arts college in 39 years.
BL Harbert International will lead construction on the 44,000-square-foot, 99-bed, residence hall, which is slated for completion fall of 2016. Siena Hall, the name of the building, was revealed during the ceremony.
Dan Price, Vice President of BL Harbert International, stated, “We are honored to play a role in the delivery of a transformative project for such a highly-regarded institution. Our corporate values are aligned with the core principles of Aquinas College, and we are privileged to help carry its mission forward.”
“The groundbreaking for the new residence hall represents a major milestone for Aquinas College as a part of the comprehensive plan for the growth of the college,” said Sister Mary Sarah Galbraith, O.P., Aquinas’ president. “We are excited about the beautiful living space this will provide for our students and are grateful to our friends and benefactors who helped to make the new residence hall possible.”
The ceremonies began with the Mass of the Holy Spirit, celebrated by Bishop David R. Choby. The groundbreaking and a reception immediately followed.