Rick Bradley, the associate director for housing and residential education, said the package center is being built because Morrison Residence Hall does not have the space nor amenities to account for the overflow of packages coming in.
Allison Fallon, a student package center employee at Morrison, said the third package center is necessary to keep up with the demands.
“It’s just that there is a lot of students living on campus,” Fallon said. “We need a third package center so that we can distribute packages more efficiently.”
Bradley said with a disproportionate number of packages coming into the South Campus location, there is a growing need for a new packaging center in the area.
“We have two centers currently, one in Spencer and one in Morrison, and about 80 percent of the total package volume comes in through the Morrison center,” Bradley said. “Based on the number of students that live on the south part of the campus, we had to identify another South Campus location.”
Bradley said Hinton James was the perfect location for the new package center.
“We needed a building that has existing facilities that do what it needed to do,” Bradley said. “We need access to a side parking space for trucks to come in and out and access buildings, and being able to secure it — Hinton James is really the only match for that.”
Because plans last year to make a new dorm on South Campus with a package center were canceled, the administration had to find a new solution, Bradley said.