WVU BOG Approves Catamount Place As Name of New Residence Hall

During their monthly meeting this past Friday, Feb. 24, the West Virginia University (WVU) Board of Governors approved Potomac State College’s (PSC) suggested name, Catamount Place, for its new residence hall, the former Potomac Valley Hospital, which is currently under renovation. PSC, a division of WVU, intends to operate the main building primarily as a student housing facility.

WVU acquired the property consisting of approximately three acres, including two structures totaling approximately 44,000 square feet, and a parking lot for a sum of $600,000 in September 2011.

Since November, PSC has been renovating the upper two floors of the main building to meet student housing needs for approximately 50 students as well as

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Shown is the architect’s rendering of Catamount Place, Potomac State
of West Virginia University’s most recently acquired residence
hall that was the
former Potomac Valley Hospital. The entrance to the
right will be for students
living in the upper two floors, while the
entrance to the left will be for the
businesses on the main floor.

 the main floor to be used for commercial space. 

According to Michael Simpson, facilities director, the demolition phase has ended and the HV/AC, electric and elevator modernization are out for bids. PSC staff is roughing in walls for plumbing and construction of the model room has begun. The project is still set for a tentative completion date of August 2012.

This residence hall will feature multiple living options (singles, doubles, quads, and suites), a cardio-fitness center, community lounges, a quiet study area, centralized laundry, cable television, security cameras, electronic locks, Internet hookups for each student, and off-street parking.

 According to Bill Letrent, dean of student affairs, this facility will be available first to students who have lived in College housing within the past two years. “It will be a 24/7 quiet living facility designed for students who are seeking more quiet and study time beyond the other residence halls where quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 10 a.m.,” said Dean Letrent. 

Other hall features and amenities include:

  • Floors will be designated by gender;
  • Many rooms will contain a half bath;
  • Community lounges will include flat screen TVs, comfortable furniture and Wi-Fi access;
  • The fitness center will house cardiovascular equipment;
  • A snack area will feature a community microwave, countertop space and a dining table;
  • Thermostat-controlled heat and air conditioning;
  • Extended basic TV with premium Movie Channel;
  • High-speed Internet access. 

For further information about Catamount Place and other residence life options, contact Potomac State College’s Housing Office at 304-788-7406 or email to pschousing@mail.wvu.edu