Ancilla College first approached MKS in December 2014 to begin the planning process to add a new residence hall and dining commons to its campus. At the time, Ancilla was a commuter-only college; building a residence hall was deemed vital for continued growth, and cementing the college's future. It wasn’t until MKS invited Ancilla College to tour Indiana Tech in January 2015, that Ancilla officials decided MKS was the right partner for them. The partnership MKS has built over the years with Indiana Tech was evident as we toured the grounds. During this tour, our process came to life, the buildings illustrating the journey from conception to reality.
MKS first began the planning process by holding weekly meetings, listening to those invested in the college to identify specific needs. Taking all this into consideration, MKS worked hand in hand with Ancilla and its sponsor, The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, to create an efficient and functional plan for the residence hall, systematically determining space requirements and whittling down any unnecessary square footage.
The design stage moved rather quickly, as we were able to modify a design that we were familiar with, modeling a similar residence hall that MKS had built in previous years. MKS worked closely with the architect to create the most efficient building possible, all while maintaining the college's priorities. While the architect was finalizing the construction documents, MKS was busy orchestrating a plan and schedule that would allow for students to move into the residence hall by August that same year – not an easy feat! It was decided to begin the site work before the drawings were complete, in order to maintain the aggressive schedule.
March saw the completion of the site work, and at that time the architect had finalized the construction drawings. MKS commenced construction the beginning of April, and hammered the last nail in time to turnover the keys to Ancilla at the beginning of August. Students were able to move into the brand new 96-bed facility, featuring private bathrooms for each room, a fireplace, and meeting spaces. The response from prospective students was so overwhelming the decision was made to house three students per room! This successful enrollment response reinforced the need for an additional residence hall to be built. MKS and Ancilla continued their successful partnership to build the second residence hall on campus, which opened its doors in July 2016.