Project Overview

Work on Kenyon’s historic South Quad began in the spring and summer of 2022, with the construction of three apartment-style residence halls on South Campus. The new buildings are built to Duke University’s High Performance Building Framework for sustainability and designed to provide students with an exceptional residential experience during a time in which community and personal connection have become more meaningful than ever before. 

Meeting the Needs of Today's Students

The additional campus housing will meet students’ needs with:

  • More apartment and suite-style rooms;
  • Improved accessibility for ADA compliance;
  • Improved common areas for groups and organizations to collaborate and socialize.

The new buildings will include a mix of six-person apartments, featuring two doubles and two singles, and four-person apartments with a double and two singles, or two doubles.

Plans for the much-needed housing reflect student input and meet Kenyon’s long-term sustainability goals to create more inclusive, accessible, and resilient student communities. 


The location of new buildings behind and offset with Old Kenyon was identified in the most recent Campus Master Plan in 2014 (PDF) and key features were reaffirmed in the recent comprehensive housing study. 

Construction Timeline

The following is a broad overview of the planned construction. Please watch for email communications from the project planning and management department for details on road closures, utility service interruptions and transitions to new work/sequences.

Winter 2022

The renovation of Bexley Hall begins. 
Projected completion: Fall 2023

Spring 2022

Site preparation for the South Quad begins, including the removal of a section of woodlands bordering the quad. View details of the site preparation plans.  
Projected completion: August 2022

June 2022

Ground is broken on the South Quad.

Summer 2022

Temporary student housing is erected along Meadow Lane near the Lowry Center to meet projected housing needs while new residence halls are constructed. Tree removal, excavation, grading, and utility infrastructure work are completed in preparation for the first phase of construction. This work involves the temporary closure of portions of College Road and College-Park Street until new roads can be built that will provide emergency vehicle access to the new residence halls.

September 2022

Construction of residence hall 1 (northeast, nearest to Leonard Hall) begins.
Projected completion: Late 2024

Spring 2023

Construction of residence hall 2 (northwest, nearest to Hanna Hall) begins.
Projected completion: Summer 2025

Summer 2024

Demolition of Bushnell and Manning residence halls begins.
Projected completion: Winter 2025

Construction of residence hall 3 (southeast, closest to Lowry Athletic Center) begins.
Projected completion: Summer 2026 

South Quad Site Preparation

Learn more about upcoming site preparations for construction of the new South Quad residences, including tree removal and replanting strategies, with the links below. Please note specific details on road closures and utility service interruptions will be communicated by the project planning and management department.