Construction Moving Along As Planned On ECU's Campus

A third of a nearly 60-year-old dormitory on ECU's campus has been demolished. Officials say progress is moving as planned.

This week crews continued to chip away at Belk Hall on the top of College Hill.

Demolition first began in early January and officials say the middle of March deadline will be met.

Construction crews are saving bricks and other materials as a way to recycle them back into the new buildings.

Gateway East and West will be built in its place, which officials say will serve as the anchor of the College Hill community.

Belk Hall originally held just under 500 students. The two, new residential halls will add space for an additional 230 students.

"Belk Hall was almost 60 years old," said Bill McCartney, Associate Vice Chancellor of Campus Living at ECU. "Keeping it up and the upkeep of a building that really no longer quite met our needs like a modern building would no longer made sense for us philosophically. It was beginning to get that way financially as well."

McCartney said students will see new buildings by early June. The project is estimated to be completed in August 2015.

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