Saint Martin’s University breaks ground on new residence hall
July 10, 2007
Lacey, WA – Saint Martin’s University broke ground
on its new residence hall and announced that the building will be named
the Ken F. and Gale L. Parsons, Sr. Residence Hall in honor of the
Parsons family’s long-time commitment to Saint Martin’s as volunteers
and financial supporters. Mr. Parsons, chairman of Venture Financial
Group, is a member of Saint Martin’s Board of Trustees and has served
one term as its board chairman.
“This is a real honor for us,” Parsons
said. “Education is one of our family’s highest priorities and Saint
Martin’s has been a significant presence in our community providing
education to traditional and non-traditional students.”
President, Douglas Astolfi commented, “Ken and Gale have demonstrated
significant leadership to Saint Martin’s not only in their philanthropic
support but also in their wise counsel over the years. We are grateful
and honored that Saint Martin’s is among their top priorities.”
University will host a larger celebration when it formally dedicates the
building in the fall of 2008.
Parsons Hall, a 67,000 square foot
structure, will house 262 freshmen and sophomores in a variety of living
accommodations. The sophomore wing offers single and double room suites
with shared baths, and the freshman wing offers two-bed suites that
share common down-the-hall baths. 159 surface parking spaces will be
built adjacent to the building. Other building amenities include a large
community lounge and kitchen, espresso cafe, computer lab, fitness room,
conference room, laundry room and housing staff offices.
Mithun Partners designed Parsons Hall and Lorig
Associates are providing project management services.
Parsons Hall is one of two new buildings planned for
the Lacey campus as a result of Saint Martin’s University securing a $36
million bond financing with assistance from the Higher Education
Facilities Authority. The second facility will be a new 20,000 square
foot academic building to provide much-needed classroom space as well as
engineering labs for Saint Martin’s growing student population. Both
buildings are designed in coordination with Saint Martin’s campus master
plan and will complement existing campus buildings and architecture.
Saint Martin’s University is an independent
four-year, Catholic, coeducational university located on a 320-acre
wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic
Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 18 Benedictine
colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only
one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares
students for successful lives through its 21 majors and six graduate
programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering.
Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious
backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its five extension
campuses located at Fort Lewis Army Post, McChord Air Force Base,
Olympic College, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College.
For additional information:
Interim communication director
Saint Martin’s University