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KU to Re-Dedicate Three Renovated Residence Halls

September 17, 2015

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Kutztown University will re-dedicate three recently renovated residence halls on Friday, Sept. 18 at 1:30 p.m. in front of Schuylkill Hall.  The halls include Berks, Lehigh and Schuylkill, each one housing approximately 200 students. 

Known as the Tricounty Halls, all three opened in 1964 as a women's dormitory complex.  They were named for the three counties which KU first represented as a state normal school. 

Today these halls are known for their unique living learning communities. Berks Hall houses students studying education and business, Lehigh Hall for art and exploratory studies and Schuylkill Hall for physical sciences, biology, and freshman in the honors program.

A living learning community offers students an environment in which they can live with peers in the same major, who have similar class schedules and attend programs or activities that assist in building relationships through personal and academic growth.

Lehigh Hall renovations were completed in 2013 at a cost of $7,048,648.  Schuylkill Hall reopened in 2014 after a $7,288,679 renovation and Berks Hall went under reconstruction this past year costing $9,371,883.

The cornerstones for all three buildings were laid May 25, 1963.    The buildings were designed by Henry D. Dagit, one of Philadelphia's most successful architects of churches and institutions with assistance by George M. Ewing Co., also of Philadelphia.  Construction was completed by The Potteiger Co., Inc., West Reading. 

The original cost to construct the complex was $2.6 million, approximately $20 million in today's dollars.