Concordia University is planning a brand new five-story, 147-bed dormitory for the River Forest campus. If approved, school officials hope to complete construction by summer 2017.
The idea was presented to the River Forest Village Board at a meeting on Jan. 11 to mostly optimistic feedback.
“Higher education is a very competitive industry today,” said Concordia President Daniel Gard in an interview with the Tribune. “Part of our funding has to come from attracting students. One of the things that’s often looked for by families and students is living conditions.”
The most recent existing living quarters at Concordia was built in 1969. Adding a new dorm will make the university appear more attractive to prospective students who might otherwise choose a different school, according to Gard.
Total cost for construction is estimated at $16 million, according to Vice President of Administration Dennis White. “We’re likely going to phase the build out of the interior floors. Our demand projections call for needing the first two floors right away. We need to complete our fundraising to pay for the entire project,” said White
Concordia plans on meeting with River Forest residents close to the school to ask for input regarding the plans for a new dorm and how it might affect the neighborhood. This meeting is slated to take place Jan. 27, according to a story reported by the Tribune.