Lawrence Technological University plans to open a third dormitory by
next fall. As more international students at the university would prefer
to bike or walk rather than drive, the university has commenced
planning for the new energy-efficient dormitory.
The dorm must still be approved by Lawrence Tech’s university architect,
Joseph Veryser, who said that sustainability must be more “than a
tack-on” for the new structure. School officials have begun meeting with
the Southfield Planning Commission to discuss zoning issues, land use
and the site plan review for the 51,600-square-foot dorm before it goes
on to Southfield’s City Council.
Veryser, who is also the associate dean of the College of Architecture
and Design, said the building would house only freshmen, both males and
females, and would attempt to create a sense of community at the
He said the dorm, which he anticipated would cost more than $30,000 per
bed, would be about half-full the first year, then gradually reach
capacity as the university’s on-campus presence grows.
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