Board of Trustees Sets Plans in Motion for New Housing

By Susan Goldblatt ‘14Guest Writer

On March 6, the Board of Trustees approved the commencement of plans to design a new dorm located in the north east corner of campus. The site is across from Routt Hall, where the maintenance service buildings are currently located. A design committee made up of students, faculty, board members and staff will work with architect Elizabeth Moule to create the schematic design for the new dorm.

Students can expect a building “harmonious with the traditional Mediterranean style of Scripps College…look at [for example] Balch Hall or Toll,” said Scripps College Treasurer James Manifold.

According to Manifold, the dorm will most likely consist of singles, doubles and suite style housing, similar to the set up of GJW. The cost of the project cannot be accurately determined at this time, but it will be funded by “gifts, borrowed (tax-exempt) money, and savings,” said Manifold.

“The dorm will probably take a year to design, and a year to a year and a half to build; The [first year class of 2014] will probably have graduated by the time the new dorm is completed,” said Manifold.  In an e-mail, President Bettison-Varga said that “any plans for construction on this site require approval by the City of Claremont and the Los Angeles County Fire Department.”

Scripps enrollment has been steadily increasing over the years, culminating with the class of 2014 which has more than 250 students. If this trend continues, the total enrollment could easily reach 1,000 students in the next 5 to 6 years. The influx of students has resulted in a housing crunch. According to the e-mail from President Bettison-Varga, the Board of Trustees has also voted to set a “target of 930 [students]…for the next several years until we can accommodate a larger student population in Scripps’ on-campus housing.”

The amount of students who stay in on-campus housing varies from year to year depending on the amount of students studying abroad and the amount that choose to live off-campus. Upon the completion of the new housing, the Board of Trustees would like to stabilize the enrollment at around 950 students.  According to Manifold, the ultimate goal is to guarantee “housing for any Scripps student who wants to live on-campus [at Scripps].”