Central Connecticut State University in New Britain will be getting its first new residence hall in 10 years and construction begin this morning.
CCSU President Jack Miller; Commissioner Donald DeFronzo, of the state Department of Administrative Services, Board of Regents President Gregory Gray and New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart attended the 11 a.m. ceremony.
"This residence hall has been a long time coming," Miller said, according to Tweets from the university.
The building will be eight stories, 220,00 square feet and will cost $82.3 million.
The new residence hall will offer 150 suite-style rooms with a living room and bathroom shared by four students, according to CCSU.
Each floor will offer group study rooms and alcoves for one-on-one studying and socializing.
There will also be a computer laboratory, game room and large living room on the first floor to create a community center for the residents.
The first floor will also include the University’s Residence Life administrative offices and campus-wide meeting space.
Dr. Laura Tordenti, vice president of student affairs, said the CCSU facility will have "well-appointed" suites, a fitness center and meeting space for more than 300 students, the school said via Twitter.
The site is off Ella Grasso Boulevard near the Student Center and Student Parking Garage.