UNC Charlotte is well on its way into a $58.5 million plan to redevelop a portion of South Village with a new five-story, 151,000 sq.ft. residence hall that will be located on the former site of a high-rise residence tower, Moore Hall, near the main campus entrance.
“The residence hall will complete the front quad, connecting Levine Hall with Housing and Residence Life Services, and provide a direct pathway to South Village Dining Hall. The residence hall includes traditional double rooms supported by communal bathrooms, study lounges, laundry rooms, multi-purpose rooms and apartment suites for resident employees,” said Jenkins Peer Architects. Jenkins Peer Architects is the same company who designed the new University Recreation Center, Football Stadium Complex and Martin Hall.
Residence Hall XVI will stand in the place of Moore Hall which was one of the first residence halls on UNC Charlotte’s campus, built in 1969 as an all-male residence facility. The building was named after Daniel Moore, who served as North Carolina’s Governor and helped approve Charlotte College as part of the UNC System.
Moore Hall was demolished section by section over the course of summer 2019. Asbestos in the building delayed its original demolition schedule by eight to ten weeks.
In February 2018, UNC Charlotte’s Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Philip Jones spoke with the Niner Times on the project stating, “The new residence hall will be traditional rooms for two students. These will be priced at the lower end of price range for on-campus housing to help students who are on a tight budget. However, the new hall will be first class in every way.”
Jones went on to add, “The University planned to renovate Moore and Sanford Halls as was done on Holshouser and is being done with Scott Hall. However, escalation in construction prices and our experience with those two renovations caused us to change the plan.”
According to UNC Charlotte Facilities records, construction of the new residence hall is set to begin in Dec. 2019 and last until the summer of 2021. The demolition of Sanford Hall has been pushed to late 2021 or even spring of 2022 after the new residence hall is complete. The demolition of Sanford Hall is estimated to cost the University around $2 million.