University City

Enrollment feeds boom in housing

UNC Charlotte is making plans for a 20th building for student housing and a separate new dining hall as enrollment growth continues to boost demand for rooms and services.

Another reason for adding more housing is that plans are taking shape for renovating the four high-rise towers that, in earlier years, were the most recognizable buildings for people passing by on University City Boulevard.

The newest dormitory will have 426 beds as well as washers and dryers in each unit, a first on the campus.

The five-story Phase X building is expected to be similar in design and adjacent to the Phase IX dormitory, the newest residence hall, which opened in the fall.

"We are, in general, increasing our on-campus offerings in terms of number of beds available," said Brian Kugler, senior project manager for capital projects. "We don't want to lose beds overall."

Work to prepare the new housing site is scheduled to begin in January. Construction is scheduled to begin in March. The first residents could move in as early as fall 2013, Kugler said.

The new dining hall will be built in the campus' South Village and will replace the Residence Dining Hall, an older building near the high-rise dorms.

That older restaurant will close when the new one opens. The project is still in the design phase, Kugler said.

South Village's new all-you-care-to-eat dining hall will have a coffee shop and lounge as well as an expanded and updated central bakery, which provides baked goods for all campus food outlets.

Other eating spots are the Cafeteria Activities Building restaurant and Crown Commons in the Student Union. The Student Union also houses chain restaurants, a coffee shop, a convenience store and a bookstore.