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Ferrum College Dedicates Dyer Residence Hall


Ferrum College Dedicates Dyer Hall

Newest residence hall includes 60 rooms and a 1,000 square foot conference center.

Ferrum, Va. (September 19, 2011) Ferrum College dedicated Dyer Residence Hall today.  The $4 million structure is home to 117 students and features a beautiful conference facility with an adjoining patio overlooking Chapman Pond.

The new residence hall is named in memory of the late Horace Dyer, a prominent Martinsville businessman, community leader, and former member of the Ferrum College Board of Trustees.  A generous gift from Dyer’s estate allowed the College to undertake the 31,000 square foot project.  Members of Dyer’s family, including his son, Thomas G. Dyer, were on hand for the ribbon cutting.  

“My father would be tremendously pleased with Dyer Hall,” Tom Dyer said.   “He had a great love for Ferrum College and its students and would be happy to know the college is thriving.”

“This building represents both the enrollment growth Ferrum College has enjoyed in recent years as well as the outstanding support the College receives from our trustees, alumni and friends,” said Ferrum College President Jennifer Braaten.  “We are deeply grateful for the support of Dyer family.”

Student Government Association officer Cece Bartels, a resident of Dyer Hall, participated in the ribbon cutting.  “Students love this building.  The rooms are spacious and comfortable. Everyone wants to live here,” she said.

Mod-U-Kraf, of Rocky Mount, Virginia, broke ground for the building in February 2011.  Construction was completed by mid-August as students began moving in for the fall semester.  Mod-U-Kraf hand built each unit of the modular structure to local building code specifications at their Rocky Mount facility.  The units were trucked to the College where workers used a crane to set them into place.  Exterior and finish work was completed on site. 

“This is the most cost effective and efficient method we have found to create a high quality living space for our students,” said Senior Vice President for Administration and Treasurer Bobby Thompson.    He noted that groups from several colleges and universities have visited Ferrum and expressed interest in replicating the Mod-U-Kraf system, and at least one other Virginia college has recently done so.

To see more photos of the Dyer Hall dedication, click here to visit the Ferrum College Flickr page.

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About Ferrum College: Ferrum College is a four-year, private, co-educational, liberal arts college related to the United Methodist Church. Ferrum offers a choice of nationally recognized bachelor's degree programs at a cost well below the national average for private colleges.