JACKSON, Tenn. - Union University will have a groundbreaking ceremony Friday morning for a new student housing complex.
It will house some students by September.
Earlier this month, 19 buildings sustained major tornado damage when a series of severe storms ripped across the state. Of the university's 42 buildings, a dozen received minor buildings. Eleven buildings were not damaged, according to a news release from the college.
Union's trustees are working on details about the complex with contractors.
More than 700 students will live at the complex when it was completed. The second half of the complex is expected to be completed spring 2009.
The residence buildings will replace Watters and Hurt complexes, which were demolished Feb. 11. The buildings sustained heavy damage in the tornado, which caused an estimated $40 million in damage to the campus.
The groundbreaking will occur at 10 a.m. during the chapel hour in the G.M. Savage Memorial Chapel.