October 12, 2010 12:00AM
Pittsburg State University celebrated a milestone in campus housing Oct. 2 when the Crimson Commons housing complex was officially dedicated.
In front of a crowd gathered a few hours before the PSU vs. MSSU Hall of Fame game, Pittsburg State administrators cut a ribbon to officially open the new housing addition, the first new housing on campus since Dellinger Hall was completed in 1966.
With a platform party including PSU President Steve Scott, Kansas Board of Regents Chairman Gary Sherrer, Student Government Association President Brandon Mills, and Director of University Housing Connie Malle, the ceremony recognized a year's worth of work by architectural firms HTK in Topeka and Mackey/Mitchell in St. Louis, as well as general contractor R.E. Smith of Joplin.
The Crimson Commons, which houses 200 students in apartment-style living, includes amenities such as a kitchenette, private bedrooms, a living room and a bathroom capable of giving multiple users privacy simultaneously. A commons building offers a lounge area, study area, TV and outside patio. The $10 million complex was constructed during an ongoing effort to renovate all the campus' existing residence halls.
"When prospective students and their parents visit campus, housing is always part of the discussion," said President Scott. "It's an important consideration in the decision of where to go to college."
Mills, who spoke from a student perspective, agreed.
"Dr. Scott mentioned the importance of housing and I can tell you that without a doubt it impacts your choice of a college," he said. "I'm incredibly proud to be a student at a university that takes such good care of its students."