New residence hall planned

Construction will begin in 2001 Building to be named for patriarch of multi-generation UPS family

The university took a giant step toward its goal of housing 75 percent of undergraduate students on campus in Maywhen Robert A. Trimble ’37 and his family pledged $2 million to help build a 185-bed residence hall. (Currently about 53 percent of students live on campus.) The building will be named Charles Garnet Trimble Hall, in honor of Trimble’s father. Construction will begin in the spring, with occupancy expected in fall 2002.

Featuring single rooms in suite-style configuration, the new dormitory, the university’s 10th, will be designed to enhance residentially based academic programs and meet a growing demand among upper-division students who wish to live on campus, according to Kristine Bartanen, vice president for student affairs.

"We have, in the past two years, successfully launched two theme floors in residence halls, and we’ve devoted one residence hall to an outdoor education program," said Bartanen. "We would like to develop further connections between the academic curriculum and residential life, which lies at the heart of our liberal arts community of learners."

The building design includes space for a faculty apartment or for a visiting scholar. Other plans for Trimble Hall include:

  • a large multi-purpose gathering space where guest speakers, films and performances can be presented;
  • curricular space that can be used for a seminar room, private dining room or informal discussion space;
  • several smaller "community spaces" or lounges that foster small-group conversations and support theme programs;
  • suite-style living in which four to six students share common living space adjacent to single bedrooms with greater privacy; and
  • kitchens for cooking meals.

"Our goal for Trimble Hall is to create attractive spaces for upper-division students and to create space to accomodate some new living-learning arrangements," said university President Susan Resneck Pierce.

The Trimble family has a long association with the university. Charles Garnet Trimble, a medical missionary in China, served as Puget Sound’s athletic team physician in the 1930s. Robert Trimble shared the Puget Sound tradition with brother J. Edward Trimble, also a 1937 graduate, and with sister Margaret (Trimble) Campbell, who graduated from the university in 1951. More recently, Robert U. Trimble, grandson of Robert A. Trimble and son of Gordon Trimble, graduated from Puget Sound in 1999. The family has given other important financial support to the university, specifically to the Asian Studies Program and the Pacific Rim/Asia Study-Travel Program.