Construction of East Campus Suites Almost Complete

“The East Campus Suites project is right on schedule,” said Jon Shaffer, Director of Housing and Residence Life.

The project is right on budget as well. “They’re going just as well as I could hope,” Shaffer said of the progress on the suites.

The new suites are set to open in the fall of 2010. The project for the new suites began during the fall 2009 semester. Shaffer said they are shooting for Wednesday, Aug. 25 as the opening date.

“Construction of the buildings will be done at the end of May. By July, all three buildings will be completely finished. Other buildings may be delayed two to five days,” said Shaffer. “When they get started in the fall depends on when they will be finished this spring.”

In June, there will be an open house in the suites.

“Folks will be able to come in and ask questions,” said Shaffer.

During the fall 2009 semester, there was a contest to come up with a name for the new suites. Shaffer said a name was chosen and will have to go to President Eisler’s office and the Board of Trustees to gain approval.

“No one came up with the exact name,” said Shaffer. The panel used two students’ ideas. If those ideas get chosen, the two students will get first pick of the suites.

Shaffer said the students have been informed that they are the winners. “Once the names [for the suites] are approved, we’ll send out a notification on campus,” he said.

There is a virtual tour available of the inside of the suites on Ferris’ website, including internal views of the main lobby, two/four bedroom suites, laundry room and external views of the buildings.

Information for signing up to live in the East Campus Suites is available on the website

“We put a lot of information on the website,” said Shaffer.

As for the cost of rent, Shaffer said there is not yet information available.

“We’re still working out the details, but all of the rates are approved by the Board of Trustees,” said Shaffer.

Shaffer said he gives a testament to Tower & Pinkster and Granger Construction for constructing the East Campus Suites.

“If anyone has questions, we would be happy to answer them,” said Shaffer.

The Housing Office is located in Rankin 108 and can be reached at ext. 3745 or at