New Village Opens Its Doors to Students
Phase one of the student village opened in August, to the delight of its first residents.
During the spring and summer, those who watched construction taking place on the road to the stables above Randolph and Tinker could see four houses taking shape as phase one of the new student residential village. These structures, whose design incorporates key architectural elements from campus—from the historic Front Quad buildings to the late 19th– and early 20th-century Hill Houses—offer spacious porches and lots of windows that open to stunning views of the campus and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Those who placed high in last spring’s housing lottery are the first residents this fall. The village is the university’s first new residential housing in 50 years.
The operating principle behind this construction is that it will bring more students to the main part of campus to strengthen the sense of community. The village is physically connected campus—close to classes, dining options, extracurricular activities, and athletic events—but with all the benefits of apartment living.
The four buildings in phase one feature eight units with 12 double rooms and 16 single rooms, accommodating a total of 40 students. Phase two, for which fundraising is underway (see chart), will consist of six buildings with 12 units, 16 double rooms, and 24 single rooms, making a total of 56 beds. The amount needed to build the second phase is $6 million.
The village replaces the university-owned student apartments, located across Williamson Road from the main campus. Those apartments closed in late July following the conclusion of the graduate programs’ summer term. Administrators are exploring options for redevelopment of the land that will support the campus as well as the surrounding community and businesses.
Photo: The new apartment village offers a variety of suite-style living options popular with today’s students. The units include single and double bedrooms, communal living spaces, kitchens, private bathrooms, laundry machines, spacious front porches, and shared outdoor areas. To view floor plans, visit hollins.edu/village.
Next: Phase two of construction
Currently, fundraising is underway for phase two of the village. Donors have many ways to support the construction of the student apartment village and establish an endowment to ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy the amenities of apartment style living for many years to come.
Cabell Foundation challenge grant
The Cabell Foundation of Richmond has awarded Hollins a challenge grant of $400,000 to support the second phase of construction. The grant requires a three-to-one match, meaning $1.2 million must be raised by May 23, 2020, to receive the grant.
Two buildings: $1,000,000
One building: $500,000
Apartment unit: $100,000
For more information:
Suzy Mink ’74
Vice President for External Relations
(202) 309-1750 or (540) 362-7439
“I am thrilled to see Hollins providing new, modern housing, which will foster a greater sense of community and build upon our beautiful campus. Thank you to all of the generous donors who have made this milestone possible.”
Casey Mahan ’20
“Our class is looking forward to being a part of history, as we will be the first class to live in the new student village. We are so thankful to the alumnae/i who have helped enrich our living experience at Hollins.”
Monica Osborne ’20
“The student village brings contemporary housing to the Hollins campus, enhance the already beautiful scenery, and provide a space that embraces both community and nature.”
Epa Cabrera ’20
This chart highlights the areas of giving for fiscal year 2018-19.
Reunion class giving award winners for fiscal year 2018-19.
Thanks to the 2018-19 reunion volunteers.
Susan Eaves Otter, reunion chair
Anne Harrington Kiland, reunion chair
Roberta Gagnon McNeill
Virginia Hutcheson Ritchie, reunion chair
Suzanne McCormick Taylor
Mary Lou Mertens Lowry, reunion gift chair
Jan Nicholson, reunion gift chair
Nancy Wright Slain, reunion chair
Anne Peach Biddle
Ann Scott Black
Kae Nelson Bolling
Elaine Garrett Evans
Carol Dawson Fassio
Ann Payne Haslanger
Susie Cook Hoganson
Sandy Strother Hudson
Ana Torstenson Kehoe
Liz Miles Montgomery
Randy Dooley Peters
Cathy Hoar Pinson
Carol Schwenzfeier Robinson
Joan Phillips Timbers
Allyson Neece Weathers
Pam Danos Wiegand
Liz Lacy Winn
Linda Koch Lorimer, reunion gift chair
Suzy Mink, reunion gift chair
Trisha Rawls, reunion chair
Patti Thomas Brown, reunion chair
Susan Coudriet Freeman, reunion chair
Emily Morgan, reunion gift chair
Judy Morrill, reunion gift chair
Ann Davant Crehore
Leslie Dunne Ketner
Allison Stanton MacDuffie
Leigh Johnson, reunion gift chair
Bryna Wedner Darling
Cherie St. Clair
Deidre Mattox Franey, reunion chair
Kristin Jeffries Henshaw, reunion gift chair
Jennifer Held Bieberich
Becky Hinkle Cope
Meredith Daniel Ensign
Ashley Hinkle Haun
Laura Traa Neville
Katherine Donahoo Nott
Kathryn McClure Shourds
Katie Bussie Woodliff
Cristen James English
Keyser Harris Glancy
Kimberly LaMotta Maye
Megan Normand Smith
Jessica McEwan, reunion chair
Beth Burgin Waller, reunion gift chair
Patricia Cope-Levy, reunion chair
Monica Huegel, reunion chair
Rebekah Lee, reunion gift chair
Elena Samel, reunion chair
Carrie Boswell, reunion chair
Maggie Dwyer, reunion gift chair
Amber Markovitz, reunion chair
Cecili Weber, reunion chair