Denison University announces construction is underway on Silverstein Hall, a new residential space for Denison seniors. Scheduled for completion in the fall of 2020, Silverstein is named for benefactor Jonathan Silverstein Class of ’89. Silverstein Hall will be comprised of apartments for Denison seniors, and will complete the college’s “senior quad,” enabling every senior student the option of living in apartment-style housing.
Silverstein is a managing partner at OrbiMed, a leading global medical investment firm with approximately $14 billion in assets and has, for the past seven years, been named to the Forbes Midas List, which annually ranks the top 100 venture capitalists in the world.
Denison University President Adam Weinberg notes, “We are extraordinarily grateful to Jonathan and his generosity. He and his wife Natalie have given Denison an incredible opportunity to unite all our senior students together into one residential setting. They will be able to live and learn from their friends and peers, enjoy social events together, and form even closer relationships.”
Silverstein Hall will be formed of two brick buildings linked by a modern glass walkway, with apartments for 165 students, indoor community areas, and outdoor spaces that lend themselves to social events. The building was designed with considerable input from students.
Denison Vice President for Student Development Laurel Kennedy notes, “It was important to us to engage students in the planning process. They helped us envision and design a building that reflects the community they want to be part of.”
Silverstein Hall construction is part of a larger plan that involves updates to all of Denison’s residential spaces over the next few years. “Through good fiscal and facilities planning, our residence halls have been well maintained,” says Kennedy. “The planned renovations will help ensure campus living and social spaces continue to meet the needs and match the interests of students.”