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Barrett Honors College on the Arizona State University Polytechnic campus will have new student housing, offices, and classrooms in Century Hall Phase II currently under construction.
When the new residence hall is completed next year, both upper and lower division honors students will be housed together for the first time.
Currently, Barrett first year students live in the south wing on the third floor of Century Hall. Second- through fourth-year honors students live in the South Desert Village neighborhood on the opposite side of the campus, leaving them scattered and isolated from their peers due to the houses’ distance from each other and the limited number of students in each housing unit.
Having all Barrett students together in Century Hall II will help create a thriving living and learning community, while providing more opportunities for student involvement and interaction, said Amy Sever, Barrett Poly director of staff operations.
Century Hall II will house not only the honors residential community on floors three and four, but also the Barrett administrative offices and two classrooms, one of which will have video-conferencing capability that can be used for the Barrett Global Classroom. There also will be a larger lounge area for students to use for studying, meetings and events.
In addition, the new residence hall will have a community kitchen with an adjoining outdoor patio and open grassy event space.
“I think the best part will be having a true residential community. Students will live in the same place where they will have access to faculty and staff and all the support Barrett has to offer,” Sever said.
Century Hall II is being built with the concept of community in mind. Community means having space to do meaningful work, such as computer labs and study lounges, and communal space where students can come together for fun and collaboration.
According to Thomas Sugar, associate dean of Barrett at the Poly campus, Century Hall II will bring these spaces together for the benefit of students.
“My goal is to develop a collaborative space where students can learn from each other and interact with staff and faculty in the new Barrett Suite,” Sugar said.
The new residential hall is slated to open in August 2020, with the Barrett Suite moving mid-Fall semester. Find pricing and floor plan information for the new hall online.
Students are welcome to join members of the Poly and ASU leadership teams at a Topping Out ceremony to celebrate the construction of the new residence hall at 9:30 to 10 a.m., Friday, November 22 on Twining Street, next to the construction site. The ceremony will end with a crane hoisting the last roof truss into place atop the residence hall. Directly ahead of the ceremony, students, staff and faculty can stop by and sign the beam, located just outside of the west entrance of Century Hall.
Story by Deborah Eisenberg, a Barrett Honors College student majoring in engineering at the ASU Polytechnic campus.