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George Fox constructing new four-story dormitory on Villa Road; completion expected by fall 2019

GARY ALLEN - Crews are taking advantage of clear weather to make progress on a still-unnamed residence hall at George Fox University.

Molisande Williams

Newberg Graphic intern

The need for more living space has led George Fox University to take action with construction of a new residential building for students to live on campus. Still unnamed, the four-story residence hall is slated to open fall 2019.

The project was approved by the school's board in October 2017. The construction began in June after the relocation of the university's historic Villa House.

The planners have yet to decide if it will be a traditional dorm-style living area with rooms and a floor-shared bathroom or will instead include a variety of room options like single, double, triple or suites.

The building, planned to house approximately 190 undergraduate students, will be located on the east side of the school's campus on Villa Road. Across from Le Shana and Brandt halls and diagonal from Gulley Hall, the new living accommodations will create an outdoor quad for students.

Haydon Gillies, GFU student and an intern for Anderson Construction, said he believes the new building will "add a lot to the east side of campus. It is going to be a beautiful four-story dorm that overlooks Brandt Hall and Le Shana Hall."

The university's enrollment continues to increase. While in the 2006-2007 academic year the enrollment was 3,185, this fall 4,080 students enrolled at the school.

The continuous climb in enrollment has caused a demand for more on-campus living accommodations and student facilities.

George Fox has focused a lot of attention on the east side of campus with the recent additions of the Canyon Commons dining hall in 2016 and the Hadlock Student Center this fall.

The new dorm will also be the second residential hall to be added to the area since Brandt Hall was completed in 2015.

Brad Lau, vice president of student life, said he believes the new residence hall can also help emphasize the "Be Known" promise George Fox offers.

"While we have a significant logistical need for more beds on campus to accommodate student interest and enrollment growth, we believe that living on campus creates incredible opportunities for spiritual and social growth and transformation," he said in a press release. "Our goal is always to provide more than merely beds to sleep in, but rather a dynamic living experience that fulfills and enriches the 'Be Known' promise for our students."

Bryan Kasler, part of the onsite management team for general contractor Anderson Construction, said the aimfor the residence hall to be completed by fall 2019 remains.

"Things are going very well," he said. "We are looking to have the fourth floor framed by Christmas."

Anderson Construction has collaborated with George Fox in the past, having built Duke Athletic Center, Stoffer Family Stadium, Crisman Crossing and Canyon Commons.

"We are on track and very pleased and grateful for the opportunity to be building on campus," Kasler added.

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