HSU clears 60-year-old residence to make way for apartment-style dorm due to low demand

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – After 60 years of service, the Nix residence hall at Hardin-Simmons University (HSU) has been demolished, making way for a new apartment-style dormitory for women, which has yet to be named.

The new residence is to be built at the corner of Ambler Avenue and Simmons Street. HSU Vice President of Student Life Stacey Martin says this is an exciting step for the campus and makes fiscal sense.

Portal to Texas History: Nix Hall, 1962

“Although it’s structurally sound, it’s a more profitable and wiser financial decision not to renovate,” Martin said. “But rather, to build a new structure.”

Built in 1962 as a dormitory for men, Nix Hall was a traditional dormitory-style building. It housed shared bedrooms with a shared bathroom and kitchen area.

The dormitories that will soon be built take a different path. One, Martin said, will be preferred by students.

“Four women will share a small suite,” Martin explained. “They will share a bathroom and a small kitchenette.”

These are common features in a suite-style dorm, but the new room will be set apart. Scheduled for fall 2024, the new hall will offer private rooms to its residents.

The apartment-style dorm is a preference that has grown within the student body over the past few years.

“The desire to have a private bedroom has been the number one priority for many of our students,” Martin explained.

A comfort that until now students mainly found in university apartments. But this new on-campus option will allow residents to continue living in a more social environment.

“There is a significant shift from when I was a college student, to students who want independence and an independent life,” Martin added.

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