Richard Bland re-opens historic building as residence halls

By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: November 26, 2018 | 12:30 p.m. 

PRINCE GEORGE – Richard Bland College formally reopened Commerce Hall during a special ribbon-cutting event at the college last Thursday afternoon, which has been transformed into residence halls for on-campus students.

The building dates back to the 1930s when it was used as a hospital, according to officials with Richard Bland College, until it became the college’s first academic building when the college opened in 1961. 

The 16,402 square foot u-shaped residential building will bring the total number of beds on campus to 475. The 73-bed traditional style residence hall offers a variety of learning spaces and features a state-of-the-art common area space for student collaboration. 

“Transforming this historic building into a modern residential facility marks a major step forward for Richard Bland College in achieving its strategic goals. This facility will enable us to meet the growing demand for student housing while, at the same time, provide flexible residential and learning space to advance new partnerships,” says Richard Bland College President Debbie Sydow. 

Commerce Hall is nestled in the midst of the College’s historic pecan grove. 

These newly renovated halls join Patriot and Freedom Halls in providing an on-campus experience for students, with Richard Bland College continuing to be the only two-year residential college in the Commonwealth.

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