The Future of Brooks Village BeginsJune 19, 2006
Baylor University's newest residential community, Brooks Village, took a major step toward becoming reality Monday, June 19, as construction crews began taking down Brooks Hall.
At 252,000 square feet, Brooks Village will accommodate 700 students in two new residential quadrangles: Brooks College - a traditional residential college that will offer 384 students across all disciplines and classifications the opportunity to live and learn in a community that is faculty-led, and Brooks Flats - a group of residential flats similar to Baylor's North Village layout providing 316 beds for upper-division students.
The architecture of the new Brooks Village residential college will incorporate many of the external features of the current Brooks Hall, including the landmark Brooks Arch. The new residential community also will feature a great hall, a chapel, a dining room, library and resource center, group study rooms and classrooms. The $42.8 million project is expected to be completed in the Fall of 2007.
The demolition of Brooks Hall will continue for the next 20 days.
Like the North Village Residential Community that opened to students in fall 2005, Brooks Village serves as an important part of Baylor 2012, the university's 10-year vision, as Baylor moves toward a more residential campus, while enhancing the learning environment, increasing Baylor's ability to attract and retain top students, and expanding student life programming.
The project architect is Hanbury, Evans, Wright, Vlattas and Co., which also designed Baylor's award-winning North Village. The construction firm for Brooks Village is Whiting-Turner.
More information about Brooks Hall and Brooks Village is available here.
A Brooks Village fact sheet is available here.
The history of Brooks Hall is available here.