McGrew Towers Conference Center
The McGrew Towers Conference Center is located on the Hampton River and offers picturesque waterfront views from each of its conference rooms. Built in 1982, it is a modern residence hall for girls as well as a conference center for meetings and special events. During the months of May through July, the residence hall is available for overnight accommodations for both internal and external organizations. The conference center is used for conferences, special events, and meetings by a wide range of organizations. For further information on booking, please contact the Office of Special Projects. The Office of Off-Campus Housing is also located in the Conference Center, to assist students with securing housing in the surrounding communities during their enrollment at Hampton University.
Conference Center Rental Information
Conference Center Layout
Residence Hall Features
- Waterfront views in some rooms
- Front Desk Assistance
- 24 Hour Security Desk Coverage
- Security Cameras
- PA System
- Shuttle service provided to laundry facilities located at Hampton Harbour Shoppes
- Snack Room with mircowave, icemaker, and lounge
McGrew Towers Conference Center and Residence Hall are available for rent to the general public, although preference is given to Hampton University events. The Conference Center is available year-round, and the Residence Hall is available from May through July. Catering services are available through Hampton University's Gourmet Services, Inc., or you are also welcome to use an outside caterer.
McGrew Towers Conference Center recommends that reservations be made at least three (3) months in advance (earlier for Saturday events) with the required deposit made at the time of reservation. Dormitory contracts are usually completed the year prior to the event, with a standard deposit and the balance due after the event.
If you have any questions or would like more information about reserving McGrew Towers Conference Center, please feel free to contact us.
Conference Center Layout
Rooms range in size from 400 to 2736 sq.ft., with seating available for 15 to 350 people, depending upon your choice of setup. All rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows.Our kitchen boasts two refrigerators, a freezer, four warmers, and a six-burner electric stove with oven. Also, three full-size sinks, a bar sink, and plenty of counter space. Direct access to the kitchen, including delivery access, is available.There is also a registration desk and lounge area with cable TV.
High-speed internet access is available in rooms A & C via the University's network, which utilizes a T-3 backbone. A Network Interface Card, or NIC card, is needed to access the network.
Residence Hall Rental
McGrew Towers Residence Hall offers 151 rooms on nine floors, with a total capacity of 302, double occupancy. The Residence Hall is available for rent from May through July. Rates are $50 per night, single or double occupancy. 24-hour desk service is provided for all overnight accommodations. For more information or to inquire about availability, please contact us.
McGrew Towers Residence Hall, First Floor
The first floor consists of seven suites with private baths, four with waterfront views.One is handicapped accessible. Each room has a telephone and private bathroom, along with Internet access via the University network (a Network Interface Card, or NIC card, is needed to access the network). There is also a registration desk, lounge area, laundry facilities, and a vending area with an ice machine and microwave.
McGrew Towers Residence Hall, Second Through Ninth Floors
The second through ninth floors consist of four quads per floor. Each quad consists of either four bedrooms or five bedrooms. Each quad has two beds per room, a bathroom, and a lounge area. Each bedroom has Internet access via the University network and a private telephone. (A Network Interface Card, or NIC, is needed to access the network). Elevators are located in the center of the building, and stairs are located to the north and south of the elevators.
McGrew Towers Conference Center was named after Hattie Tyreatha Smith McGrew, a graduate of Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute in 1893. Until her death in March 1981, at the age of 107, she was the oldest known living Alumni of the Institute.
Our twelfth and current president, Dr. William R. Harvey, developed a close personal relationship with Mrs. McGrew during the last years of her life. He often spoke of her wisdom, values, and character. Upon her death, he asked the Board of Trustees to name the building in her honor.