Central Baptist College recently broke ground on its new residence hall, the third project funded by the Vision 2020 capital fundraising campaign.

The new three-story 150-bed residence hall is at the south end of campus and is on schedule to be completed August 2014.

The residence hall was originally going to be built in two phases, but a lead donation of $6 million from Max and Debbie Story from Magnolia, Ark. gave the school the opportunity to finish both phases at one time.

The total cost of the building is $6.7 million, none of which comes from tuition.

"This is funded by private donations," CBC President TerryKimbrow said.

The design and construction team is comprised of Sowell Architects, Inc. of Conway and Clark Contractors, LLC of Little Rock.

Currently, CBC has two residence halls on campus: Bruce Hall was constructed in 1920 and is a 110-bed residence hall for women and Williams Hall was built in 1964 and is a 110-bed residence hall for men.

The new residence hall will be a 150-bed dual dorm with men on one side and women on the other side separated by a large common lobby area with space for games, lounging, movies and group study. The building will also include a covered main porch entry area, resident director apartments, study table and chairs, lounges on each floor, patio space and an exterior plaza space for students to gather.

The rooms will be set up for two residents with a private bathroom.

"It’s more privacy than most residence halls," said Kimbrow. "We did a tour of northwest Arkansas where you can find just about every layout. We spent the whole day with the architect up there just coming to this idea."

Additionally, students recently had an opportunity to view different dorm furniture options from two vendors and give feedback on what they wanted to see in the new rooms.

"We set up several different things to look at," said CBC Vice President for Advancement Sancy Faulk. "We don’t want to put things in there that they’re not going to use."

Ultimately, the students spoke out against bunk beds and the college picked a bed design that can be regular height or lofted to fit the desk and dresser underneath.

With the residence hall facing west on Conway Boulevard, the college and architects are working to make the building as attractive as possible in order to be respectful to the neighbors.

"We are a college campus but we recognize the fact that we are located in a residential neighborhood, so we want to do the best we can to fit the area that we’re in," Faulk said.

This includes saving trees, fashioning the exterior of the building to look good from each side and considering navigation around the block.

The residence hall will complete Phase One of the Vision 2020 campaign to finish 10 major projects in 10 years to accommodate 2,020 students.

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