Ground breaking ceremonies marked the beginning of construction of the new $304,000 men’s dormitory at North Greenville Junior College Wednesday morning, September 17, 1969.

Leland Browder, Dean of Men, led the prayer of dedication, making special mention of the scriptural reminder, “Except the Lord build the house they labor in vain that build it.” (Psalm 127:1)

Taking part in the ground breaking were Robert H. Green, chairman of the trustees, Dewey Calvert, dean of student affairs, Regina Chilton, president of the student body, Rev. Marion Moorhead, missionary and North Greenville alumnus, and Stan Craig, president of the student house council.

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Trustees: (l to r) Mrs. A. C. Brock; H. K. Sullivan, Jr., Re. J. W. Crocker, H. P. Griffin, R. H. Green, J. F. Hayes, and Dr. Neely.

McCrory-Sumwalt Construction Company of Columbia was awarded the contract and has begun work on the project which is to be completed by the end of May, 1970. The ground breaking ceremonies marked the culmination of more than five years of planning and work.

Elaborating on steps leading to the actual signing of the contract, Dr. Neely said, “We have been working more than two years with Channing P. Hayes, field representative for College Developers Associates (CDA) – a company primarily interested in helping colleges find a way to have the necessary dormitory facilities. It has been through the company that blueprints for the 23,134 square foot dormitory have been worked out as well as arrangement made to secure a builder. However, contrary to their usual procedure, CDA has allowed us to make our own arrangements for financing through a local bank and savings and loan association.”

Designed to house 108 men in 54 rooms on three levels, the new hall will be situated on the western portion of the campus between the present men’s dormitory and the gymnasium.

The non-combustible, brick-veneer building will be constructed with cement block – bar-joists – and will have cement floors covered in vinyl asbestos tile. It will electronically heated and air-conditioned with separate controls for each suite.

Floor-plan of the motel-type building with enclosed stairwells provides for units of two suites – composed of two rooms and adjoining bath – opening onto the outside walkway via a hallway designed to eliminate a maximum of noise.

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Miss Regina Chilton, president of the student body as she participates in ground breaking ceremonies.

Located on the second floor of the new building will be a spacious student lounge and an apartment for the dean of men which will include a living room, kitchenette, two bedrooms and an office. Plans also include a small room for vending machines.

When the new building becomes available, tentative plans call for the continued use of the old dormitory which will be renovated, one wing at the time, possible sealing off one entire wing to be converted into apartments for married students. The use of the Neves Building and White Hall for temporary men’s living quarters will be discontinued.

Dr. Neely observed, “It has been the feeling of the NGJC trustees and administration for some time that private colleges are moving in the direction of becoming primarily boarding situations. In the light of this apparent trend, the new dormitory for men is a big step forward for North Greenville.”

Article published in the Fall 1969 North Greenville Junior College Alumni Magazine

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