GREENCASTLE - Site preparation work is scheduled to begin next week for the first of four proposed residence halls for DePauw University first-year students. The project will cost approximately $23 million.

This first hall will provide 152 student beds. The first floor of the four-story, 60,400-square-foot building will feature community-living space with a student lounge and kitchen. The top three floors will be students’ rooms.

“The new residence hall will begin transforming South Quad and the first-year living experience at DePauw,” said Bob Leonard, vice president for finance and administration in a news release. “Prospective students who are attracted to DePauw for its fine academic programs will seal the deal when they visit and see how a community-oriented residence hall can enhance their experience.”

The university borrowed $40 million to finance the first building and several other projects, including $15 million of work for the campus’s energy master plan, renovations to Bloomington Street Hall, housing for sophomores and repairs to Hogate Hall.

Messer Construction Co. will install a fence around the site and remove several dying trees next week. New underground utilities for the first residence hall will be installed likely during spring break.

Construction work is slated to begin in June and is expected to be completed in summer 2020.

A timeline of facilities projects and updates can be accessed by clicking here.