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Embry-Riddle opens $20M residence hall

New 278-bed facility overlooks Willow Lake

An interior view of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s new residence hall, Thumb Butte Suites. (ERAU/Courtesy)

An interior view of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s new residence hall, Thumb Butte Suites. (ERAU/Courtesy)

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s new residence hall stands overlooking Willow Lake.

Known as Thumb Butte Suites, the 72,000-square-foot building houses 278 beds, according to the university.

It features three study rooms, a game room, three lounges, a fitness room, three laundry rooms and a hospitality area with an oven.

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s new residence hall was officially completed in late September. (ERAU/Courtesy)

The building cost about $20 million.

Construction on the hall began about 13 months ago, said Jason Kadah, ERAU spokesman. Half of it was opened in late August, and the remaining half opened in late September. A grand opening event for the hall was held Friday, Oct. 5.

With this addition, the university now has 16 residence hall buildings on campus.

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