The name “Deerfield Hall” has been chosen to grace the latest addition to the UTM campus: the extension to the North Building, UTM’s oldest academic structure.

Governing Council approved the name last month following a campus-wide naming contest. It will be the official name of Phase One of the North Building Reconstruction project.

Chosen from among nearly 200 submissions from students, faculty, and staff, “Deerfield Hall” was submitted by Amanda Gallagher, formerly a member of UTM’s Information and Instructional Technologies Services, by a committee consisting of senior administration.

Construction began on Deerfield in the summer of 2012. It will be a freestanding building linked at two levels to the remainder of the North Building. According to Principal Deep Saini, who addressed UTM staff in an email last week, the main floor will include food services, study spaces, and rehearsal spaces for the theatre and drama program, and the remaining three floors will have classrooms, dry research laboratories, and offices for the psychology and math and computer science departments.

“We had a tough time narrowing down the choices, but I hope you will find the name as pleasing and as suitable (given our location and surrounding wildlife) as our naming committee did,” Saini concluded.

Deerfield Hall is the first of three phrases of planned reconstruction of the North Building. The remaining two are yet to be funded.

Deerfield Hall is scheduled to open in August 2014.