the Suite life

Hayley Wortman, left, an incoming freshman at Colorado Mesa University, and her mother, Simone Le Moal of Florida, move Wortmann’s belongings into a new residence hall on Sunday on campus. Wortmann came to Colorado to play lacrosse for the Mavericks. Le Moal said she was wearing sunglasses indoors to hide her tears on this emotional occasion.

It’s starting to sound like a broken record to say a new residence hall has opened at Colorado Mesa University.

But, once again, it’s true. At this moment, students are moving into a five-story residence hall at the intersection of Cannell and Bunting avenues, just two years after a two-wing residence hall opened on North and Cannell avenues, and five years after the opening of Grand Mesa Residence Hall.

Because of enrollment increases and a requirement that most first-year and sophomore students live on campus, ground will be broken for another residence hall by the end of the month at the northwest corner of Orchard Avenue and 12th Street.

Another residence hall could be built north of that building along 12th Street as soon as a year later, according to Colorado Mesa President Tim Foster.

Like the North Avenue residence hall, which is nicknamed NASH, the Bunting Avenue building has yet to get a formal name and will be known for now as Bunting Avenue Student Housing, or BASH. The building cost $15 million and will be paid for through housing fees.

NASH’s eastern wing and BASH are the same height, five stories, but BASH has the most floors of housing on campus because NASH has retail spaces on its ground level.

BASH can house up to 328 students, more than any other residence hall on campus, and is open to female and male residents.

Students have the option of living in a suite that has one entrance, two double rooms and common bathroom; or they can live in a cluster of four single rooms that share a bathroom.

Each floor has a central area with a kitchen and living room with couches, tables and chairs, and a television.

Study lounges and laundry rooms are included on each floor, and the second floor has a large balcony.

Colorado Mesa’s vice president of student services, John Marshall, said the university decided to build the residence hall with suites and several common areas based on the hall that fills up the fastest, Monument Hall.

“In NASH and Grand Mesa, six to 10 students share a suite. We found it was a good experience for some students, but sometimes they’d end up getting really well-acquainted with those six to 10 students but may not get to know the rest of the floor very well,” Marshall said. “This harkens back to a more social setting. It’s built for a lot more engagement.”

Students pay $3,941.17 to $4,815.88 per semester, depending on meal plan, for a double room in BASH and $4,662.17 to $4,857.88 for a single room in the residence hall. Those rates are comparable to most other housing plans at the university.

A majority of the hall’s residents will be freshmen and sophomores, Marshall said.


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