Frostburg State University Breaks Ground on New Residence Hall

Jul 12, 2018 3:30 PM

Frostburg State University officials, local dignitaries and design and construction directors broke ground for FSU’s new student residence hall today, at the Lower Quad site of the new building, a building that FSU President Ronald Nowaczyk said was “a long time in coming.”

The residence hall, the first to be built at FSU in more than 40 years, is scheduled to be completed in 2020. The six-story, 125,000-square-foot hall will feature 431 beds arranged in residential units of two to four beds, with one to two bathrooms per units. The facility will include study spaces, lounges, a shared kitchen and laundry rooms. The estimated cost is $44 million.

“This residence hall represents a significant need on campus,” said FSU President Ronald Nowaczyk. “What we have found, and what studies across the country have shown, is that students living on campus during the first and second years of their studies oftentimes results in a greater likelihood that the students will both stay in school and graduate on time.”

The residence hall project is being accompanied with extensive renovations of the five other halls in the Lower Quad, the newest of which was built in 1976. The first two, Annapolis and Cumberland halls, are currently under renovation.

“This addition helps to bolster aspects of campus that are important to both current Frostburg students in determining if they’ll stay here and prospective students in deciding whether to spend their post-secondary careers with us here as Bobcats,” said FSU Student Government Association President Benjamin Forrest. “Residence Life and the on-campus student experience are integral parts for our campus community becoming a home away from home and a place of comfort for hundreds of students each year.”

Other speakers included Md. State Sen. George Edwards, former University System of Maryland Regent Tom Slater and, representing the firms designing and building the project, Jake Ploeger, president of PJ Dick Industrial and director of Corporate Business Development; and Charles Krimmel, senior associate and project manager for Perkins Eastman.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit or Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

Participating in the residence hall groundbreaking at Frostburg State University are, from left, Caitlin Ainge, representative for U.S. Rep. John Delaney; Julianna Albowicz, representative for U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen; Frostburg Mayor Robert Flanigan; Courtney Thompson, FSU director of Residence Life; Charles Krimmel, senior associate and project manager for Perkins Eastman; Tom Slater, former Regent, University System of Maryland Board of Regents; SGA President Benjamin Forrest; FSU President Ronald Nowaczyk; Md. State Sen. George Edwards; Jake Ploeger, president of PJ Dick Industrial and director of Corporate Business Development; Md. Del. Jason Buckel; Allegany County Commissioner William Valentine; Md. Del. Wendell Beitzel; Mark Widmyer, representative for Gov. Larry Hogan; Robin Summerfield, representative for U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin.