Your new home awaits…

By Sable Stevens

University Housing is involved in finishing suites construction,
and a 10-year master plan that sets the stage for future on-campus
housing.

“The [housing] committee is looking at tearing down the dorms
and rebuilding new ones, renovating existing dorms, or maybe
alternative options for the 10-year plan,” said Rachel Anderson, a
fourth-year communication student and student construction
mitigator.

“They are polling students to see what they prefer.”

The Housing Master Plan Committee consists of housing employees,
students, faculty and Cal Poly staff.

The committee was polled to figure out what students are looking
for in living on campus and is putting together a 10-year plan to
facilitate these needs.

“Garnering what people want, we had focus groups of every group
you could imagine about what people want and need and figuring out
what the market is going to be,” said Stephen Fleischer, interim
director for University Housing. “What it will come up with is what
people will want as well as their priority. So if we can’t give
everybody what they want, we can at least know the priority
list.”

Housing is in tune with what students want and what would be
best for the whole university, with a focus on giving students a
reason to choose on-campus housing.

“We want to get students excited about staying on campus.

We want people on campus, that is why we got the stovetops and
card-key access for the new suites,” said Eric Rollerson, associate
director of housing operations.

A new key card access to each room is just one of many additions
to phase II of the Suites, with amenities that are similar to the
first phase in order to avoid a raise in cost.

Part of the construction for the new Suites involves a bigger
Vista Cafe.

It will have about 100 seats inside with a glass wall that opens
out to reveal a patio with more seats.

There also will be a multipurpose room that can be divided into
two separate rooms used for programming, social events and possibly
classroom space.

The application process to live in the new Suites will start
around April of 2010, and students will be able to move in during
the fall of 2010.

Housing’s master plan is taking into consideration the students’
connection with other students and the university.

“[The housing plans are intended for] changing form a strict
commuter school to a campus with a lot more pride and student
involvement,” said Anderson.

For those students who are unable to find housing on campus, or
are on the waitlist and looking for an alternative, there is
University Village on Temple Avenue, the rental board with listings
in the University Housing lobby and sometimes an apartment
fair.

“If the demand is really high, with [the Village], we host an
apartment fair usually in August if we have a really big waitlist
and people are looking for housing,” said Fleischer.

“We assess the demand in the beginning of the summer, and every
year we need it we have it at the Village and invite big local
complexes to come.”

With at least 2,900 incoming students this coming academic year,
those looking to live on campus should become familiar with the
housing Web site, with contracting and room sign ups online.

Fall room assignments will be completed by the end of July, and
confirmation e-mails for the fall will be sent during the first
week of August.

Your new home awaits...

Pedro Corona/Poly Post

Your new home awaits…

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