Dixie State University officially broke ground on the institution’s latest student housing project, Campus View Suites II, during a celebratory ceremony Jan. 31.
Anticipated to house 534 students when it opens in fall 2021, the 140,000-square-foot complex will offer suite-style living. The university is working with contractor Layton Construction and architectural firm Method Studio to bring the $45 million self-supported project to campus and expand the reach of the university’s “active learning. active life.” approach to education.
“Many incoming freshmen want to have an on-campus living experience,” Seth Gubler, director of housing and resident life at Dixie State, said. “Campus View Suites II will allow us to offer more students the opportunity to experience a university-ran residence life program that is connected to campus resources literally seconds away from classes.”
The new housing complex is being built where Shiloh Hall, home to 48 students a year, has stood since 1963. The addition will help create a housing precinct on campus location, as it is near Campus View Suites I, which added 352 beds to campus in August 2016.
“Campus View I was a success, so we want to mirror many of the features found there,” Gubler said.
Standing one story taller than Campus View I, the five-floor complex will almost double the number of students who can live on campus. Suites will feature shared living space, restrooms and a kitchenette as well as a variety of bedroom options, such as private, shared and semi-private rooms. Additionally, the facility will include a large courtyard, pickleball courts, an outdoor hammock garden, a fitness room, lounges and community kitchens, offering student-residents various areas to socialize and study.
To accommodate Dixie State’s growth beyond new campus housing, the university opened its 155,000-square-foot Human Performance Center in November and broke ground on a 120,00-square-foot Science, Engineering & Technology building in October. Additionally, earlier this month, the university partnered with Greater Zion Convention & Tourism Office to rename the football stadium Greater Zion Stadium.
Dixie State’s growth is also evident in the university’s academic offerings, as the institution has added 16 programs in the past year alone, bringing the university’s total offerings to 11 associate, 45 bachelor’s and four master’s degrees. This fall, the university’s student population comprised of 11,193 individuals, representing a 12.5 percent increase from last year and a 32 percent increase over the last four years.
“Dixie State University is experiencing explosive growth like never before in every aspect from student enrollment to new academic programs to campus facilities. It is thrilling that students and community members alike are seeing the great value Dixie State provides by offering rigorous academic programs at the lowest university tuition cost in the state and are coming to Dixie State to earn an education,” President Richard B. Williams said. “Campus View Suites II will allow more students to live on campus and fully immerse themselves in the ‘active learning. active life.’ experience DSU has to offer.”
Dixie State University Student Housing enhances students’ quality of life by serving as a bridge between their educational and personal lives. For more information, visit housing.dixie.edu.