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Columbia company chosen for Capitol Technology University dorm project

Columbia's Manekin Construction has won the contract to build a four-story, 100,000 square foot residential hall on the campus of Capitol Technology University.
Columbia's Manekin Construction has won the contract to build a four-story, 100,000 square foot residential hall on the campus of Capitol Technology University. (Courtesy photo)

A Columbia construction company will build the first ever residential hall on the campus of Capitol Technology University in Laurel.

Manekin Construction has won the contract to build a four-story, 100,000-square-foot residential hall on the Capitol campus, according to a news release.

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Groundbreaking for the dormitory was Oct. 22 and construction is expected to be completed in time for the 2015 fall semester.

The dorm will include 75 residential units, either two or four-bedroom apartments. Each unit will feature separate areas for a kitchen and dining room, in addition to bedroom areas with a full bathroom, according to the release.

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Designs for the dorm show an L-shaped, modern apartment complex unlike a typical brick dormitory found on many college campuses.

"The creative and thoughtful architectural design of this new residence hall will create a strong focal point on the campus of Capitol Technology University and represents the beginning of a new era for the university, said Manekin Construction President Craig Wess in a statement. "Students can look forward to interacting with a state-of-the-art building that fosters pride in the school and enhances the overall aesthetics of the campus."

On Oct. 1, the college announced the name change from Capitol College to Capitol Technology University, which is intended to reflect its identity as an educational institution dedicated to science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, curricula across undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs.

Founded in 1927, Capitol Technology University currently serves 754 students from 19 states and several foreign countries.

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