Trustees name new residence hall in honor of retiring president

Soltz Hall

An external gathering space with a fire pit. A second-story outdoor plaza. Two lounges on every floor. And a “green” roof with sustainable, low-maintenance plants. Just a few of the “wow” factors built into plans for Bloomsburg University’s new residence hall, set to open in August 2017 at the site of the former University Store Building.

Bloomsburg University’s Council of Trustees approved naming the university’s new residence hall in honor of retiring President David L. Soltz at their meeting in June. The Trustees also recommended and approved President Emeritus status for Soltz, who steps down on July 7.

The seven-story, $61 million residence hall featuring 138 suite-style apartments, will open in August.

When construction is completed for the Fall of 2017, the 163,000-square-foot-structure will house nearly 400 students in 11 single, 37 double, 39 triple and 48 quad configurations. The building's first floor will feature the University Store, Mail Services and two nationally known restaurants, Chick-fil-A and Qdoba Mexican Eats.

New residence hall brings ‘wow’ factor

An external gathering space with a fire pit. A second-story outdoor plaza. Two lounges on every floor. And a “green” roof with sustainable, low-maintenance plants. Just a few of the “wow” factors built into plans for Bloomsburg University’s new residence hall, set to open in August 2017 at the site of the former University Store Building.

Demolition of the University Store Building began in January 2016, after the store relocated to Kehr Union, Mailroom Services moved to Elwell Hall and the BU Police Department began operating out of new headquarters at the rear of Andruss Library. Construction of the university’s first, intentional multi-use building will be completed by August 2017, in time for the hall’s first 398 residents to move in.

The new residence hall is expected to significantly reduce the number of freshmen who are “tripled” each fall. The as-yet-unnamed hall will feature services for the entire campus community. The University Store and two new dining venues will be located on the ground floor; the mailroom and an integrative learning center for tutorial services and the university writing center will be found on the first floor.

The new dining venues, selected from Aramark’s portfolio of national brands, are Chick-fil-A and Qdoba. Market studies showed there was an unmet demand for non-meal plan dining options offering quality food at a reasonable cost. Both quick food restaurants will accept payment in flex dollars, Husky Gold, cash or credit cards.

President David L. Soltz

David L. Soltz, Ph.D., became BU's 18th president in January 2008 after serving as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Central Washington University.

Since arriving at Bloomsburg, Soltz has concentrated on building programs and infrastructure for today’s students and those who will follow. The university’s strategic plan, Impact 2015: Building on the Past, Leading for the Future, was developed in fall 2010 under his leadership and updated as Impact 2017.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,600 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.