New 'Megadorm' dedicated at Ave Maria University

Ave Maria University opens 'mega dorm' for female students

Ave Maria blesses new "mega dorm" for ...

Ave Maria University has doubled its capacity of housing students on campus with the official dedication today of a so-called "megadorm." The new four-story dormitory can house 550 students and is the largest building on the campus other than the Ave Maria Oratory.

Ave Maria now has space for about 1,100 students to live on campus, which is significantly more than this year's enrollment, which Chancellor Tom Monaghan said was about 700.

"It's a vote for the future," said university President Nick Healy, and an example of "long-term thinking," added Monaghan.

Constructing the building now, Monaghan said, saves the university money and provides housing for an expected increase in enrollment next year.

In the near term, Monaghan told those gathered for the dedication, some of the extra capacity will be used for retreats and conferences.

The building was designed and built by the Haskell Company from Jacksonville, FL, and company president Steven T. Halverson also announced at the ceremony that his company was donating $52,000 to the Ave Maria Scholarship Fund.

The building reflects the Prairie-style of Frank Lloyd Wright, as do the other buildings on the campus.

David Shnaider and his wife Patricia Sette are Ave Maria residents who founded community news Web site in November 2008. Contact David and Patricia at

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