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Henderson State to Use $33 Million for New Residence Halls, Apartment Complex

Plans call for a 300-bed residence hall, 240-bed apartment-style complex, and the purchase of Whispering Oaks apartment complex, which can house 288 tenants.
ARKADELPHIA, AR -- Students attending Henderson State University (HSU) will be seeing some changes in the next couple years.

HSU's Board of Trustees approved a $33 million bond issue Thursday to build two new modern residential buildings on campus and purchase an existing apartment complex.
 
School officials say the plans call for the construction of a 300-bed residence hall, a 240-bed apartment-style complex, and the purchase of Whispering Oaks apartment complex, which has the capacity to house 288 tenants.
 
“We greatly appreciate our Board of Trustees' authorization to move forward with this significant bond issue,” Henderson President Glen Jones said in a news release. “Consistent with our students-first philosophy, the construction of contemporary residential facilities will create a unique opportunity to provide outstanding living and learning communities for our students, today and in the future.”
 
The next step, according to Bobby Jones, vice president for finance and administration, will be the preparation of an economic feasibility study to submit to the Higher Education Coordinating Board for approval. As the bonds are sold, the university will select an architect to prepare the plans for the new facilities. The selection of a contractor will follow.
 
“We hope to start construction quickly so we can have the new buildings ready to occupy by fall 2015,” Jones said.
 
There are several locations under consideration for the new facilities, including an area behind the Baptist Campus Ministries at 12th and Wilson streets, and behind the Caplinger Airway Science Center.
 
“We have not really decided,” Jones said. “But our goal is to have them on campus.”
 
Jones said the Whispering Oaks complex is currently being appraised. The purchase could be completed sometime in 2014.
 
Henderson currently has six residence halls on campus that can house more than 1,300.
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