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Release Date: Thursday, October 3, 2013 1:47 PM
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Topping Out Ceremony Held for New Howard Residence Halls

WASHINGTON (September 16, 2013) – Howard University on Friday celebrated a major milestone in the construction of two new on-campus residential facilities with a ceremony that expressed gratitude to hundreds of construction workers who have participated on the projects thus far.

Howard held the traditional topping-out ceremony, along with partners Campus Apartments, Clark Construction, and Miller & Long Construction. The two state-of-the-art residence halls, slated for completion in 2014, represent a significant step toward revitalizing the southeastern core of campus for university students.

Barbara Griffin, Ph.D., vice president for student affairs, said, “Words cannot express our gratitude to all those who participated in bringing this dream of new residence halls to Howard University. We want to make it clear to everyone who participated that you have transformed the lives of future Howard University students.”

Construction company officials said the $107 million development was on schedule, and there have been no major accidents that caused work slowdowns. The ceremony was attended by hundreds of crane operators, field engineers, foremen and frontline construction workers.

Anthony Miller, Howard University Student Association president, also expressed thanks to construction teams at the ceremony. He said the buildings would improve student safety by bringing more students closer to the main campus.

Marc D. Lee, Ph.D., Howard’s dean of residence life, said, “Many of us have the opportunity to reach out and touch students through education. You all are touching the futures of students and scholars on campus through the structures you have created and developed for us.”

The ceremony took place in what will be the lobby of the new Bryant Street residence hall, an area that opens up onto a large courtyard. The buildings are designed to accommodate 1,360 students and will include generous social, study and programming spaces.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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