Widener’s New Residence Hall Readying to OpenJuly 30, 2015
Story and photos by Khalil Williams ‘16
While students are away this summer, a new residence hall is nearing completion with plans for it being ready just in time for the big move-in day.
Harris Hall–named after former Widener President James T. Harris III–should be completed by late August, according to Widener’s Director of Physical Plant Jerry Pasquariello. “We are pushing for the building to be occupied this coming fall semester,” Pasquariello said.
The building, pictured above, is on the site of the former Theatre Widener at the intersection of Providence Avenue and 15th Street. It will house 212 people, of which 204 will be students, seven residential assistants, and one residential director.
At launch, there will be two restaurants that will open in the building: Moe’s Southwestern Grill, an Atlanta-based restaurant that taps itself as creating “honestly awesome” Southwest-style food; and Einstein Bros. Bagels, which boasts of “quick, tasty lunches” such as salads, soups, and sandwiches, in addition to their bagels.
The construction of Harris Hall doesn’t come without its casualties, though. Widener Courts, the adjacent undergraduate residential facilities which housed upperclassmen for years, were demolished Thursday as a result of the new building’s construction.