Friday, October 05, 2012

Ribbon cutting held for new Saint Mary’s residence hall

Cutting the ribbon are, from left: Brother William Mann, president of Saint Mary’s University; Michael Gostomski, chairman of the SMU Board of Trustees; Brother Larry Schatz, Visitor of the Midwest District of the Christian Brothers; and Jim Bedtke, vice president of the College.

WINONA, Minn. — Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, Oct. 5, for its newest residence hall, Brother Leopold Hall.

The four-story facility was completed in time for students to move in this fall.

Hay Dobbs of Minneapolis was the architect and Schwab LLC of Winona was general contractor.

The new residence hall is located near the university’s high ropes course and track/soccer complex. It is open to sophomore, junior and senior undergraduate students during the academic year, and will serve conferencing, camps and educational program needs in the summer.

The new hall is the first on campus to offer a variety of housing options. It features single-occupancy suites, double-occupancy suites, and two-, three-, and four-bedroom apartments. The structure has 140 beds in 45 units, with a private bath in each room.

All rooms are air-conditioned and wired for cable TV and Internet access. Study rooms, lounges and a kitchen bring students together in community and encourage collaborative learning.