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Apr 3, 2016 1:05 PM

Increased enrollment leads Plymouth State to build new residence hall and conference center

PLYMOUTH — More students have been enrolling at Plymouth State, prompting the university to embark on construction of a new residence hall and conference center for fall of 2017.

According to the Laconia Citizen, the building will be called the Merrill Place Residence Hall and Conference Center. Seven stories high and 95,000 square feet, the building will have 350 beds in air-conditioned hotel-style rooms. Plans call for it to be built on Merrill Street across from Hyde Hall.

“This new residence hall and conference center will increase our on-campus student housing capacity to 60 percent of the student body,” said Frank Cocchiarella, assistant vice president for student affairs-residential life.

The conference center will accommodate up to 500 people holding lecture style events. It can also be used for dinners and special events for about 300 people.

University officials say pre-construction bid packages are being made available this month. Construction will begin in May and is expected to go until August 2017.

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