Delaware State University’s newest residence hall is officially open.
The five-story Tubman-Laws Residential Hall is already occupied, but school officials took time Thursday to formally celebrate its addition to the Dover campus.
"This is just the beginning of the future for Delaware State," said Hermon Wood, the Associate Vice President in the DSU’s Division of Facilities Management, Planning and Construction on the new Tubman-Laws Hall.
The school's newest and largest dorm holds 620 students in semi-suite and suite style units, there a new dining facility, an innovation center, laundry facilities, a game room, study lunges and a Dunkin Donuts.
DSU’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement Dr. Vita Pickrum is excited about what the new building means for students.
"They're our future, and we're here to support them by virtue of opening this building but it's more than the building is the lives that will be transformed in this space," said Pickrum.
DSU’s Student Government Association President Usman Tijani says students already appreciate the new residence hall.
"On behalf of the students we just like to thank everybody who participated in this great building it's a wonderful environment with jam-packed amenities," said Tijani.
The building was built through a public-private partnership between the university and the developer, American Campus Communites.
And DSU President Wilma Mishoe notes Tubman-Laws Hall also honors the university's past and legacy.
"We are extremely excited and we are extremely proud," said Mishoe. "At the same time, we're able to maintain that history of what was in the past Tubman Hall first, Lydia P. Laws second and this new building carries both of those names."