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NIU breaks ground on new residential complex

April 18, 2011

New Residence Hall

NIU students will have a new place to call home in 2012.

Northern Illinois University President John Peters broke ground at noon Monday, April 18, for an on-campus, 1,000-bed residential facility for NIU students. Construction will take place north of Lincoln Hall.

The new living complex is scheduled for completion by fall 2012 and will consist of two residential buildings and a community center. The buildings will feature cluster-style living arrangements with enhanced privacy, private bedrooms, semi-private bathrooms and a common space that includes a study area, living area and kitchenette.


President Peters speaks at the ceremony.
President Peters speaks at the ceremony.

The community center will contain a food court-style dining area, a recreation facility, multipurpose rooms and a wireless lounge/gaming area.

Construction of the new residential complex is one of several multi-year renovation projects that will transform the NIU campus through upgrades to existing facilities and creation of a new outdoor recreation complex.

The NEW|NORTHERN LifeStyle initiative will enhance NIU’s efforts to provide the best learning and living environment possible – from technologically sophisiticated residence halls with modern amenities, to comfortable, functional public spaces.

For more information on this and other building projects, visit the NEW|NORTHERN LifeStyle website.

Group photo of NIU leaders at April 18 groundbreaking ceremony



WTVO-TV Rockford coverage of new residence hall groundbreaking