Dormitory construction set at St. John's College
Construction of a dormitory, the first building to be built since 1958 on the campus of St. John's College in Annapolis, is scheduled to begin this month. The dormitory should be ready for occupancy in the fall of 2004.
The St. John's campus was built for a student population of 350, and enrollment now tops 450. Currently, the college accommodates 315 students on campus by using some large dorm rooms for triples, and turning some common rooms into rooms for students. Rental prices within walking distance of the college have risen dramatically in the past several years, creating an off-campus housing shortage. The college hopes to house at least 75 percent of its student population on campus.
The 40-bed dormitory will be situated in the area past Mellon Hall, overlooking College Creek and the playing fields. The second phase of the project includes a second dormitory and parking improvements; the cost of the first phase is estimated at $7.5 million.
The project architect is Ziger/Snead Inc. of Baltimore, which recently completed the renovation and expansion of Mellon Hall. Bovis Lend Lease Inc. of Bethesda is the general contractor.