Reed College building new three-story dorm
Travelers along the north side of Reed College have noticed large piles of dirt and rock in the field adjacent to S.E. 29th Avenue at Steele. According to Kevin Myers, Reed College Public Information Officer, this is the staging area for the equipment and supplies to be used to build a new dormitory on the north edge of the campus.
"This will be our biggest dorm to date," smiles Myers. "It will be a three-story building, covering 60,000 square feet, and will house about 180 students. Construction will begin this year, with completion expected in 2019. After it's finished, we'll be able to house 80% of our 1,425 students on campus."
While the fenced staging area is convenient for vehicles entering and leaving via S.E. Steele Street, construction of the new dormitory building will be located a little further south. "The new dorm will be going in where the basketball and tennis courts are now," says Myers. "We refer to the area as 'The Grove', since nearby buildings are all named after trees.
"But, there is no name yet designated for the new structure."