UNT breaks ground on new residence hall construction

A. Lee Graham


Groundbreaking for the University of North Texas’ next honors residence hall will occur this just before this weekend’s UNT-Southern Mississippi University football game.

Set for 3 p.m. Saturday Oct. 18, the event will occur adjacent to the residence hall site at Avenue D and Maple Street just east of Gateway Center.

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When open, Rawlins Hall will house 487 students in its 118,332 square feet.

Designed to accommodate the academically focused UNT Honors College student, Rawlins Hall will feature several study rooms, small meeting spaces, activity areas and lounges. To support a community of scholars, the hall will include an apartment for a faculty in residence.

Named after former UNT President V. Lane Rawlins and his wife, Mary Jo, Rawlins Hall will feature what the school called an “unusual” interior neighborhood design to foster a sense of community. Each “neighborhood” will feature a lounge and a study.

Other common spaces will include two multipurpose rooms, a shared community kitchen for use by residents, an open concept lobby and recreation space, a library, billiard room and laundry room.

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Also planned are two special meeting rooms for organized or casual meetings and events. The facility’s rear entry will include a large porch opening onto the courtyard shared by Honors Hall, Clark Hall and Rawlins Hall. 

Rawlins Hall will house 487 students in its 118,332 square feet.The architect for the project is Randall Scott Architects of Dallas, while the contractor is Vaughn Construction of Houston. 

The total project budget is $37,100,000. – Robert Francis contributed to this report. 


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