BC Dedicates New Apartment Complex
Students at Bluefield College are now living in some of the most modern, independent living arrangements you’ll ever find on a college campus, thanks to the opening of Bluestone Commons, a brand new apartment complex on campus and the latest state-of-the-art student housing option for BC students.

BC Dedicates New Apartment Complex

By Chris Shoemaker | January 22, 2015 | RSS

Take a tour of the inside of Bluestone Commons.


Officials from Bluefield College, the Town of Bluefield, the City of Bluefield, and Tazewell County cut the ribbon to formally open BC’s Bluestone Commons, a 24-unit apartment complex for on-campus student housing.


Bluefield College’s Bluestone Commons -- 24 apartments with three bedrooms in each unit -- accommodates 94 BC students.


Take a tour of the inside of Bluestone Commons.


Surrounded by local media and flanked by government and civic leaders from Bluefield, Virginia, Bluefield, West Virginia, and Tazewell County, members of the Bluefield College family ceremoniously cut a blue ribbon commemorating the official opening of Bluestone Commons, December 19, 2014. In a speech dedicating the new facility, BC president Dr. David Olive spoke about the benefit of the added housing.


“This is a wonderful day of celebration and remembrance,” said Dr. Olive. “We come together today to celebrate this beautiful new residential complex, but we also stand here today as witnesses to God’s goodness and faithfulness, and we remember the many who have labored and sacrificed nearly 100 years to establish and maintain this college.”


Dr. Olive thanked project managers Rodney Harvey and Raymond Hunt; architect Matt O’Brien; contractor DCI-Shires with Robert Deed (owner), Kurt Schmidt (project manager) and Chris Farley (superintendent); financing partner USDA, represented by Kathy Hines; and attorney Roger Mullins, who all “helped ensure these facilities would meet the demands of today’s college student and stand the test of time, while complimenting the architectural beauty of the BC campus.”


The $4.5 million apartment complex features two 18,000-square-foot buildings with 12 apartments in each structure for a total of 24 apartments. Located on the far west end of campus near the school’s tennis complex and Cox Visual Arts Center, the apartments contain three bedrooms in each unit for four residents -- two singles and one double -- adding 94 beds to the on-campus residential population. In addition to the bedrooms, each apartment has two bathrooms, a full kitchen, a common area, a dining area, and a washer and dryer.


“This is the realization of a dream of the Bluefield College Board of Trustees, President David Olive, and our faculty and staff,” said Dr. David Dockery, a BC trustee who spoke during the dedication ceremony on behalf of the Board. “Bluefield College has always been a place for students to receive an excellent education in a Christ-centered environment. Part of that comes from providing places like this for students to live.”


The new residential facility was named by BC student J.D. Taylor, a senior from Bluefield, Virginia, whose submission was selected in a naming contest just prior to the start of construction. Bluestone Commons, Taylor said, “pays homage to the Bluestone River,” whose headwaters are found on nearby East River Mountain before they meander by campus and through Bluefield, Virginia. As part of the tribute, during the Bluestone Commons dedication, alumna Joyce Buchanan shared a poem she had penned about the Bluestone River.


“Can you hear the stream singing as it touches lives flowing through my bed of bluish-grayish stone?” Buchanan’s poem reads. “From the TVA Divides below East River Mountain to the New at Hinton, for 77 miles, always inviting others to come along.”


The BC Board of Trustees approved the construction of the Bluestone Commons in the spring of 2014 just four short years after celebrating the opening of East River Hall, a $4.3 million traditional residence facility that houses 100 students. With the revival of football and the addition of other new academic and athletic programs, despite the luxury of East River Hall, BC’s residential capacity was nearing its maximum again. As a result, the Board created a task force to take yet another look at how to meet the growing demand for residential living space.


“The Board intentionally designed this development to accommodate the more independent student and to be located on the perimeter of campus so that there would be a different, yet connected living experience,” said Dr. Olive. “When you look at other college campuses you find a very similar style of residential offerings. We are very cognizant of the changing expectations of today’s college student, and we are building to meet those expectations and to ensure a strong, vibrant future for Bluefield College.”





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