For release: September 10, 2013
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843
The University of Memphis broke ground on a 780-bed residence hall at the corner of
Patterson and Norriswood. The new building, which will face Central Avenue, will replace
Richardson Towers and is expected to be completed for the fall 2015 semester. The
University will continue to operate Richardson Towers until the new building is complete,
and then will remove it to create additional green space.
The $53 million building will feature double- and single-occupancy rooms on wings
with shared private bathrooms. The facility also will have 24 apartments, each with
six single-occupant bedrooms. The building, which will meet Tennessee’s Sustainable
Design Guidelines, also will feature classrooms, study and project space, and room
for student programs.
“Today we broke ground on a building that will serve as a home away from home for
many future generations of Dreamers, Thinkers and Doers,” said Peter Groenendyk, director
of Residence Life and Dining Services. “It’s fitting that it took place on the first
day of the University’s 101st year.”