In 2015, Newberry College and McMillan Pazdan Smith engaged in a master plan study to revitalize campus housing. The result was a five-year strategy to develop new residence life options through repairs and improvements to existing housing and through construction of new housing that better meets the needs and expectations of the 21st-century student. The housing revitalization plan was designed to be executed in 3 phases over 5 years.
Phase I of the masterplan involved the construction of a brand-new residence hall situated on the northwest corner of campus. The new structure is a three-story brick and cement panel building, which is consistent with the style and aesthetic of existing campus buildings. It accommodates 80 students across 14 living units and features suite-style, double-occupancy rooms arranged in pods of 4, 6, or 8 students with a shared living room, bathroom, and efficiency kitchen. Multiple covered common areas and entrances provide residents with opportunities to study and interact between classes. Pearson Hall was ready for occupancy in the Fall semester of 2018.
Phase I also included additional cosmetic improvements and infrastructure upgrades to four existing residence halls on campus.