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Student input driving force behind TWU’s new residence hall opening in August
Lowry Woods Community nearly doubles TWU student family housing capacity



DENTON – The Lowry Woods Community, Texas Woman’s University’s new state-of-the-art residence hall, fulfills student wishes for apartment-style amenities and expands the housing space available for students with families.

Lowry Woods will house 314 students, including 61 students with children, nearly doubling TWU’s family housing capacity. The $13.9 million facility was built Carlton Construction and designed by Rees Associates, Inc. of Dallas.
Construction on Lowry Woods began in August 2004 and the complex opens in mid-August 2005.

“Our students were instrumental in letting us know what they expected in terms of housing amenities, and we wanted our new residence hall to be on target with their expectations,” said Dr. Richard Nicholas, TWU vice president for student life.

Lowry Woods offers apartment-style amenities to students, including their own bedroom, separate vanity areas in shared bathrooms, a complete kitchen with a garbage disposal and dishwasher, thermostat control, free cable and Internet service, and outside storage space. The complex consists of seven, three-story buildings with furnished units for single students and unfurnished units for student families.

“TWU was very responsive to what students’ wanted in on-campus living and tailor-made the apartments for the student experience,” said TWU senior and Lowry Woods hall director Jessica Tharp.

“The student advisory committee provided input on the bathroom design and assisted us in picking out the furniture for the bedrooms and shared living areas,” said TWU Director of Housing Nancy Murphy-Chadwick. “Students provided input for the apartments’ color scheme and helped select the lighting and other fixtures to ensure a more residential and less institutional feel to the units.”

Lowry Woods continues TWU’s tradition of meeting the needs of students with children. It replaces TWU’s current family housing unit, Mary Hufford Hall.

“We have always been leaders when it comes to meeting the needs of our students with families,” Dr. Nicholas said. “We were among the earliest universities to offer family housing with a focus on programs and services for students who are single parents. We have strived to be particularly attuned to meeting their specific needs.”

Lowry Woods also has a community center that houses a student lounge and a computer lab. The community center provides a new home for The Clubhouse, an after-school and summer recreation program available for children in TWU’s family housing.

“The Clubhouse provides reading, arts and crafts and science activities, as well as other recreational and specialized programs that can only be offered in a university setting,” Murphy-Chadwick said. “The new community center offers a large play/learning room for the program with a kitchen and observation room to allow student interns and parents to observe Clubhouse activities without disturbing the children.”

TWU junior and residence hall association president Cydni Vandiver camped out overnight in March 2005 in order to be the first in line for placement at Lowry Woods.

Vandiver said that the bathroom and bedroom closet size are her favorite aspects of her apartment. “I am so excited to combine the independence of living in an apartment with the convenience and security of living on campus. I can’t wait to live there.”

“We offer the advantages of on-campus living with the comforts of an apartment,” Chadwick added. “We are different than off-campus apartments because students can book their rooms on a semester basis rather than a typical apartment lease. When students pay their housing fee each semester, that payment covers their room, all utilities, cable television and Internet. They don’t have to worry about splitting bills with their roommates or what will happen if someone moves out.”

Lowry Woods also satisfies the aesthetic standards of TWU's historic Denton campus.

“We challenged our designers from day one to build a first-class facility,” Dr. Nicholas said. “We asked that they incorporate campus colors and keep other building structures in mind so that the complex fits within the overall TWU campus design.”

According to TWU facilities project manager Donald Strickland, Lowry Woods takes its cues from other historic campus buildings.

“Lowry Woods incorporates the masonry color and style of many TWU buildings,” Strickland said. “It also contains stone bases similar to those seen at Old Main building and the Little Chapel-in-the-Woods.”

Strickland added that plants and trees from all over campus were incorporated to provide an environment that fit the character of all other landscaped areas on campus and that the Denton/TWU jogging trail was repositioned so the local community can still enjoy the benefits of exercise in a natural environment.

“We also used Dal-Tile imported from Mexico in the Community Center, which enhanced the aesthetic quality of the facility,” Strickland said.

Lowry Woods marks TWU’s first newly constructed residence hall in more than 35 years. According to “Marking a Trail, A History of the Texas Woman’s University,” the last new residence hall built on campus was Guinn Hall, a 24-story high rise residence hall named after former TWU president John Guinn that opened in 1969.


New Residence Hall Name Evokes History of TWU

Echoes of the past are present in Texas Woman’s University's new apartment-style housing opening in August on the Denton campus.

The complex will be named the Lowry Woods Community, a reference to the name of the wooded area north of the site, said Kenny Mauk, an assistant director of university housing at TWU. The seven buildings that make up the complex will carry the names of previous residence halls on campus that have all been demolished, except for Reagan Houston and Mary Hufford, scheduled to be torn down this fall.

Names chosen for the four single-student apartment buildings are:

• Reagan Houston Hall — The residence hall currently bearing this name will close this fall. The original hall was completed in 1965 and was named after a longtime member of the university's board of regents.
• Capps Hall — Built in 1918, this hall was named for Sally B. Capps, secretary of the board of regents.
• Austin Hall — Named after Texas hero Stephen F. Austin, the hall was constructed in 1936-37 on the site of the original “dorm row,” located near the current building site.
• Fitzgerald Hall — Hugh Nugent Fitzgerald was president of the College of Industrial Arts (now TWU ) Board of Regents. Fitzgerald Hall was built in 1931.

The apartment units will accommodate two or three students, each of whom will have a private bedroom but will share living, dining and kitchen space. Rates for one bedroom in a two-bedroom apartment will be $2,363 per semester. One bedroom in a three-bedroom apartment will be $2,138 per semester.

Names selected for the family housing apartment buildings are:

• Mary Hufford Hall — The name of the current family housing unit will carry over to the new site. Mary Hufford served as a member of the English faculty from 1929-49 and as dean of women from 1949-59. The building will be demolished in fall 2005.
• Smith-Carroll Hall — Smith-Carroll originally was the Methodist Dormitory for women and was the first residence for students at the college. The university purchased the residence hall in 1934.
• Sayers Hall — Completed in 1928, this hall was named for Texas Gov. Joseph D. Sayers.

The rate for a two-bedroom apartment in family housing will be $675 per month; a three-bedroom apartment will be $860 per month all bills paid.


For Further Information Contact:

Amanda McKeen Simpson
Director of News and Information
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: asimpson1@twu.edu

Page last updated January 22, 2009

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