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First Year Village & New Residence Halls


Opening Fall 2021!

The WKU First Year Village encompasses the residence halls in the south end of campus, where focused first-year programming will take place.

The First Year Village includes the construction of two new residence halls, Normal Hall and Regents Hall. These halls will utilize space in a way that enables deep faculty and peer engagement around important ideas that connect directly to student success and learning.

The initiative has been directed and shaped by the University’s Strategic Plan, Climbing to Greater Heights, which states, “in our effort to significantly increase our first to second year retention, we will focus our attention and central resources on a robust and engaging First Year Experience. Each WKU freshman will have the opportunity to reside in Living Learning Communities.”

  

WKU First Year Village

First Year Village Normal Street View

Bottom Photo - Left:Normal Hall, Right: Regents Hall

WKU New Residence Hall Construction Update | September 2020 Video Preview

  


 

Approximately 25 students will share common spaces such as a bathroom, community space, and kitchen.

 


 

  • Study Rooms

  • Classrooms

  • Dining Location
  • Music Practice/Recording Studios

  • More Features Coming Soon...

 


 

 

 


 

Watch our progress on the First Year Village - LIVE

 

First Year Village Construction Video Preview

 


 

Bemis Closed

Bemis Lawrence Hall & PFT Parking Lot Closes

May 2019

Bemis Lawrence Hall closed permanently at the end of the 2019 spring semester. 

The majority of the Pearce Ford Tower parking lot closed. The outer perimeter remains open.

Construction Begins

First Year Village Construction Begins

June 2019

Construction begins on the First Year Village.

Bemis Lawrence Hall Demolition

Bemis Lawrence Hall Demolition

July-October 2019

Interior preparation began July 1, 2019. Minor demolition began in August. "The First Bite," which is the first large section taken out of the top of the building, will be taken on September 6, 2019. Full demolition will be completed in approximately 90 days. 

 

Access Drive Completed

Access Drive Addition

September-December 2019
A one-way access drive will will be constructed from University Boulevard behind Meredith and down to PFT. The project includes ADA accessible and metered parking spaces. Completion scheduled for December 2019.
Barnes Campbell Hall

Barnes Campbell Hall Closes

May 2021

Barnes Campbell Hall will close permanently at the end of the spring semester 2020. 

Barnes Campbell Hall

Barnes Campbell Hall Demolition

June-September 2021

Demolition begins on Barnes Campbell Hall and will be completed in approximately 90 days.

 


WKU First Year Village

First Year Village Opens

August 2021

 

Both First Year Village buildings open to students
 
 

 

  * Dates are approximate and subject to change


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