Rollins College - New Lakeside Neighborhood - Virtual Ribbon Cutting

Updated: May 31

The Rollins College team gathered for a virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony and a behind-the-scenes tour of the new Lakeside Neighborhood on February 25, 2021, at 12:15 p.m.

Students at Rollins College began returning to campus last September, taking part in a staggered move in to optimize physical distancing. In 2019, the Winter Park-based college leveled the former McKean Hall near Lake Virginia to prepare for the new Lakeside Neighborhood. The student housing area accommodates 496 student beds. The new $71 million student housing project is part of the school's strategic initiative to have a three-year, on-campus residency requirement in the 2021-2022 academic year.

The 250,000-square foot student housing project was completed in two phases (188,495 in phase 1) and (49,235 in phase 2). In August 2019 Maitland-based Winter Park Construction (WPC), serving as the general contractor for both phases of the project, turned over phase one on schedule to the project developer, Winter Park-based real estate developer Alan Ginsburg. Orlando-based Rob Schaeffer Visualization & Planning was the architect for the project.

Phase two of the project is on schedule for final completion in March and will include a fitness center, office space, a zero-entry pool, and an expanded convenience store with hot, freshly prepared items.

Named “Lakeside Neighborhood” the new student dorms are part of the Lakeside community, which includes three wings named in honor of past Rollins College presidents Hugh McKean, Thaddeus Seymour, and Rita Bornstein. “Each of these storied leaders laid the groundwork to make Rollins the great college it is today, and set the stage for those of us who have the honor of stewarding its mission to educate our students for global citizenship and responsible leadership, empowering our graduates to pursue meaningful lives and productive careers,” said President Grant H. Cornwell.

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