Some on-campus apartments that many married and international Winthrop University students call home could be transformed into an academic building.
The university plans to incorporate Roddey Apartments into the College of Visual and Performing Arts and build a new building for on-campus dwellers.
"The College of Visual and Performing Arts needs to expand a bit," said Rebecca Masters, spokeswoman for Winthrop. "Its programs are growing, so it needs space to grow into. Roddey Apartments is the closest space to what's needed there."
About 800 students are enrolled in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Winthrop also recently started a program in digital information design that added to the need for more classroom and studio space.
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There is no time frame for the switch, and a lot of planning has to happen first, Masters said.
University officials will conduct a "demand analysis," which means they will ask students what they're looking for in campus housing, before deciding what to build.
Katlyn Oglesby, a sophomore who lives in Roddey, said she wishes the apartments had dishwashers.
"It'd be amazing," she said. "I cannot tell you how many times my roommate and I leave dishes in the sink."
Bernard Atiase, a senior from Ghana, said he would like to have a second bathroom in his two-bedroom apartment.
"The bathroom is in his side, so I have to go over there all the time," he said.
Roddey includes 54 one- and two-bedroom units and typically houses about 90 people, said Cynthia Cassens, director of residence life. It is one of two apartment-style options on campus.
About 2,400 students live elsewhere on campus.
Regardless of what happens with a new housing option, the exterior of Roddey will get a facelift.
Plans are in the works to spend an estimated $600,000 to turn what's now the back of the building into the front, possibly adding a large porch. That will adjust the building to face what is gradually becoming the heart of campus.
There are no plans to make changes to what is now the front of the building, so Roddey will appear to have two fronts and no back.