Crow Peak Hall, first new BHSU residence hall in nearly 50 years, will open this fall

Author: BHSU Communications/Thursday, July 23, 2015/Categories: 2015








           BHSU President Tom Jackson, Jr., (left) and Dr. Rod Custer, provost and vice president of academic affairs, tour Crow Peak Hall, set to open this semester.



Crow Peak Hall, the first new residence hall on the Black Hills State University campus in almost 50 years, is nearly ready for the Fall 2015 semester. The 50,000 square foot building connects two existing halls with a central living area serving as a residence life hub for students.

Crow Peak offers 196 beds in a suite living experience for students with a private bathroom shared by four suitemates A two-story great room called "Lookout Lodge" includes a residential kitchen for student use, fireplace, a snack area and multi-media study rooms..

"This residence hall, which connects two other halls, is creating new living space for our students and revitalizing the existing areas," BHSU President Tom Jackson, Jr., said. "The views are amazing &ndash you can see Crow Peak, Spearfish Mountain and Lookout Mountain &ndash but the best part is the lodge area where students will meet, study, and learn."

Students will also be impressed with the suite-style rooms, which groups two rooms on either side of a shared bathroom so just four students are sharing the facilities. The suite rooms all have new furniture which includes an option for lofted beds creating more living space for students. The new building is an efficient, economic, and attractive LEED-certified and ADA compliant residence hall.  

"The Peaks Complex" includes the new Crow Peak Hall along with the existing Thomas and Heidepriem Halls. Complex amenities include study areas and lounges, a grab-and-go coffee shop, digital screens, an information desk open 24 hours staffed by residence assistants and students, and an elevator making the entire complex ADA accessible.

Dr. Lois Flagstad, Vice President of Student Affairs, noted that the design and functionality was developed based upon students&rsquo suggestions when they were asked to design their "dream hall."  Flagstad and her staff conducted focus groups, sought student opinions, and incorporated ideas from a freshman class who met with the architect to design their dream residence hall.

"We initially looked at renovating existing residence halls, but option and cost considerations showed the benefit of building a new hall complimenting and enhancing the current residence halls," said Flagstad. "The addition of Crow Peak creates a residence complex that will benefit students and the entire campus community."

Funding for the new hall will come from the room rentals, said Dr. Mike Isaacson, dean of students. He noted that no tax dollars are involved.

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