By: Dale King Contributing Writer
A new residence hall nearing completion on the Lynn University campus in Boca Raton is scheduled to open in the fall, providing apartment-style living quarters for 170 juniors and seniors.
The additional living space in the 50,512-square-foot structure will increase on-campus student residency by 20 percent.
School officials say the housing facility will be named for Mary Ann Perper and her late husband, Harold Perper, who have made a number of financial contributions to the private university over the years. The building is being constructed on a former intramural field.
Students moving into the residence hall for the coming school year will have ample study areas, private bathrooms, kitchenettes, lounges, modern furnishings, double beds and an entryway leading from a secure courtyard. Outdoor amenities include fire pits, hammocks and patio areas.
The suite-style living will include Wi-Fi throughout the building and LED lighting.
Construction began after a groundbreaking in March 2017 and the building is scheduled for completion in August, in time for the opening of the 2017-2018 school year soon after.
The Perper name appears at various locations around the campus, including Perper Plaza, as well as a coffeehouse, mailroom and tennis complex. The couple also donated to the mezzanine seating at the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center and the stands at the Bobby Campbell Stadium.
After accumulating their wealth in the hospitality business by creating and operating a chain of 50 Holiday Inns in the Northeast, the Perpers retired to South Florida. They made their first donation to Lynn in 1994 for the study lounge in the library, which has since been renovated into a coffeehouse.
In addition to supporting Lynn University, the Perpers donated the Florence Fuller Child Development Centers, Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Boca Raton Museum of Art, United Way Tocqueville Society and Hospice by the Sea, among others.
Harold Perper died in January 2014 at age 94.
Gerrits Construction, Inc. is the general contractor for the new residential building. Gensler, a global design and planning firm, is the architect. William R. Nash Inc. from Miami is handling the mechanical contracting.