Abare Hall opens this weekend
Aug 17, 2017
Abare Hall, part of Flagler College's largest-ever construction project, will open its doors to upperclassmen this weekend after 15 months of work. The new residence hall, named after retired President Dr. William T. Abare Jr., sits on the west side of the college’s existing FEC Residence Halls on the banks of St. Augustine’s San Sebastian River. It houses 159 students in 75 suites.
Vice President of Student Services Dan Stewart said the building is full for the fall semester. “Student response has been exceptional,” he said. The new residence hall was built to accommodate students’ needs to live on campus rather than commute to class.
The residence hall is part of a $23-million complex that features a 551-space parking garage and an 18,900-square-foot, two-story Commons building that connects the existing FEC Residence Halls to Abare Hall. The Commons has a large lounge area, fitness and wellness area, convenience store, hospitality suite and study lounges. The convenience store has grab-and-go food that will be part of the meal plan, and frozen foods for use in the rooms.
Stellar of Jacksonville was the general contractor on the project, and PQH Group of Jacksonville was the architect. Civil engineering was done by the Matthews Design Group and structural engineering by McVeigh and Mangum Engineers.