New residence hall at Mercyhurst University completes just in time for the school year

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This year, Mercyhurst University students have a new building to call home.  Today, we got an inside look at the new student residence building, Ryan Hall.  

The $25 million project was expected to be completed on August 15th and the crews delivered, completing the project in 394 days. 

The new building unveiled, Michael Victor, President of Mercyhurst University, says, “It’s a great day for Mercyhurst, it’s a great day for our students that are staying in Ryan Hall. This is really a tremendous improvement in our housing stock for our student population.”

The more than 146,000 square foot Ryan Hall features 92 suites that will become home to more than 360 students. Each suite comes complete with two full bathrooms, individually controlled heating and air conditioning, and a kitchen area with appliances; not to mention some great views. 

Victor tells us in addition to the new accommodations, “anyone on the 3rd and 4th floor of this building actually has a lake view apartment.”

The building amenities include the university’s third dining facility, a ‘Grab ‘N Go’ convenience store, and multiple common and study areas. 

Cariel Lewis, Assistant Director of Ryan Hall, says, “I cannot wait to move into my new apartment, I’m just super excited. I know we’re going to have a great year this year!”

The hall is named after alumna, benefactor, and former trustee Ellen Ryan and her husband, David.  Ellen says, “It’s important… not only what you learn in college, but what you do with it when you get out. So, I’ve tried very hard to do good things with it.”

Ryan Hall’s completion comes just in time for the new academic year.  And, this comes along with a new university policy now requiring all enrolled students from outside of Erie to live on campus. 

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