VINCENNES, IND. (WTHI) - A southern Indiana college is developing a unique dormitory project in one of its oldest buildings.
Vincennes University is in the process of converting a 100 year old former cold storage building into a dorm for its technology students.
The project won't just provide sleeping space, but will put the students in a unique position that will include almost unlimited access to learning tools in a facility that is already nicknamed the Ice Palace.
The Technology Department at Vincennes University has a reputation for doing things differently and their latest endeavor is no exception.
The college is working on a million dollar project to turn the old cold storage building into new living quarters for technology students.
"We're taking a facility that was built in 1907," said V.U. Dean of Technology Art Haase. "We have to bring it up to today's standards. We're going to convert it into state of the art dorm space for students."
The plan calls for a series of suites on each floor with individual rooms, common social areas, even laundry and kitchen facilities.
Some of the rough work has already begun in the vacant space and a contract for finish work is expected later this year.
Officials believe that by grouping all of the technology students in this area those students will be more successful.
"They work hard together," said Haase. "They study hard together and they are there to help each other out. We really believe this social living setting with suites of like students will even enhance that."
Once the 3 floors are done it will open up space for 150 students to live in the Ice Palace and not only will they live there they'll have 24 hour access to all of the learning tools in the technology building.
Even though it may not look like much now, the plan calls for this place to be ready for students by this time next year.
Officials say back in 1966, before many of the dorms were built on campus, a floor of the old Ebner building was set up for barracks-style housing for students.
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