Lee Rhyant Residential Life Center
Location: Martin Luther King Boulevard south of George W. Engram Boulevard
Square footage: 62,175 square feet total designed in three wings:
Two wings will be 20,067 square feet;
one wing will
be 11,481 square feet.
Construction: Masonry block with brick veneer
Total beds: 270 student beds
Special features: Café area on first floor
Common areas including classroom, study, lounge and laundry areas
Three guest suites for use by parents, visiting faculty and others
Cost: $ 6 million
Architect: Rabits & Associates
Contractor: TDH Construction
The Lee E. Rhyant Residential Life Center will provide B-CU students with a comfortable living environment and dedicated areas for study and social interaction. The new building will complement the existing Living-Learning Center, sited adjacent to it on Martin Luther King Boulevard across from the main B-CU campus.
Housing 270 students in three residence wings, the building will also include a café on the first floor and common areas featuring study, lounge and classroom space as well as laundry facilities. The double rooms will be configured in 60 four-student suites, comprising two rooms and a shared bathroom, and 15 two-student suites which include one room with an attached bathroom. In addition, three guest suites, including a bedroom, kitchenette and a full bathroom, will be part of the facility for use by parents, visiting faculty and others.
In keeping with B-CU’s commitment to environmental stewardship, the Lee Rhyant Residential Life Center will be constructed using energy efficient materials and techniques. The exterior block walls will be filled with a high-tech insulating foam, increasing the “R” value that measures the transfer of heat between outside and inside. The foam will help keep the heat outside in the summer and inside in the winter. High efficiency hot water tanks will be installed and the hot water lines will be insulated three feet from the tanks to reduce heat loss.
The building is named in honor of Lee Rhyant, B-CU class of 1972. Rhyant is the executive vice president and general manager for the Marietta, Ga., facility of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company. He recently was named the 2009 Executive of the Year by the National Management Association (NMA). Rhyant is a member of the B-CU Board of Trustees and received an honorary doctorate at B-CU’s spring 2009 commencement.