Dedication Ceremony at 10 Somerset Street to be Held August 28th

8/26/2003

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Suffolk University New Residence Hall to Meet Student Demand & Ease Boston Rental Woes

BOSTON --Suffolk University will conduct a dedication ceremony for its new residence hall at 10 Somerset Street on Thursday, August 28, beginning at 10 a.m. Members of the Suffolk community, including political and business leaders and neighborhood residents, are planning to attend this historic occasion. The unveiling of a special plaque and tours of this stunning Beacon Hill building will be part of the day’s festivities.

Suffolk University’s new residence hall will house 345 students in a stunning 19-story building that combines comfort with an environmentally responsible design. The 10 Somerset Street building is Suffolk University’s second residence hall and was built in response to student demand: 85 percent of University applicants request housing.

“Students come to us from across the country and around the world, and we are proud to offer them a safe and pleasant environment in which they can fully realize the academic and cultural promise of their Beacon Hill surroundings,” said Suffolk University President David J. Sargent.

Providing student housing not only enhances students’ immersion in academic life, it also eases pressure on Boston’s tight rental market.

"The new dorm at Suffolk University is an integral part of Mayor Menino's initiative to create more housing throughout the City of Boston," said Boston Redevelopment Authority Director Mark Maloney. “On-campus student housing is one of the most effective ways to increase the overall supply of housing in the city -- and will go far in terms of easing Boston's housing crisis. We appreciate the proactive role Suffolk University has taken in the City's effort to create more housing.”

Project architect Cannon Design endeavored to design a building that complements the character of neighboring Beacon Hill buildings in scale and design, and the limestone facade succeeds in this respect. Yet the interior of the building presents another aspect, with a top-to-bottom glass atrium that infuses natural light into a structure that was constructed on a tight lot among other tall buildings. A courtyard provides a gathering area off the street for residents and visitors.

The atrium is an essential element of the building’s green design, which extends to details such as recycled-fiber carpeting. The atrium allows for thermal control in inner-facing rooms and ventilates itself with automatic vents. The building also employs energy-efficient air handling systems, chillers and a heat-recovery system.

Students in some upper-floor rooms enjoy sweeping views of the city, Charles River and Boston Harbor through floor-to-ceiling glass walls. Amenities include high-speed Internet access, with a direct link to the University system; computer lab; cafeteria; and recreation and workout rooms.

The opening of the 10 Somerset residence hall continues Suffolk’s record of reclaiming abandoned and underused sites. In 1996, it restored the building at 150 Tremont Street, which was listed in the National Register of Historic Places, to provide its first residence hall, housing 426 students. In 1999, the newly constructed Suffolk University Law School opened at 120 Tremont Street, formerly the site of abandoned buildings on the Freedom Trail. And the new residence hall at 10 Somerset Street replaces a street-level parking lot.

Suffolk University, located on Boston’s historic Beacon Hill, with campuses in Madrid, Spain and Dakar, Senegal (Africa), is a comprehensive global institution distinguished by its teaching and the intellectual contributions of its faculty. Suffolk offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 70 areas of study. Its mission is to provide quality education at an affordable cost for students of all ages and backgrounds. Suffolk has a combined enrollment of more than 7,000 full-time and part-time students at its Law School, College of Arts and Sciences, Sawyer School of Management and New England School of Art and Design.

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