Indiana State University has begun work on the western Indiana campus' first new residence hall in more than 40 years.
School officials who broke ground Thursday on the four-story, $21 million North Residence Hall say it will accommodate 352 students. It's expected to be ready for occupancy by summer 2014 and is designed for small groups, including student organizations and Greek communities.
Associate dean of students Brooks Moore says the building will go up on the site of an existing parking lot north of the Hulman Memorial Student Union that's considered "prime real estate." He says the site is close to the Student Union, academic buildings, the campus' library, recreation center and athletic facilities.
ISU's last new residence hall was Lincoln Quads, which opened in 1969.