New Residence Hall Construction Underway
We’re pleased to announce we’ve broken ground on a new residence hall.
Located behind Fort Awesome, the four-floor building will help meet the growing demand for on-campus housing and will allow us to move students from triples to doubles in order to improve the residence experience. The extra room also will provide flexibility to convert areas now used as living quarters into academic spaces, and to renovate some of our older residence areas.
The building will hold 300 beds in suite-style arrangements. Each suite will include two single rooms, one double room, a common space, and a bathroom. Designed with comfort in mind, the building will feature a bike room, game room, laundry room, a community kitchen, and plenty of space to study. The residence hall will offer a card-access feature, eliminating the need for keys to the suites and bedrooms.
As with all our new buildings, the residence hall is designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification standards. It will include solar panels on the roof, energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment, and will be built with renewable or recycled materials where feasible.
While we will have to make room for the residence hall by cutting down several trees, we will be replanting native trees and foliage and will install a rain garden to improve water quality.
We anticipate the building will be ready for occupancy in August 2019. Currently, the Office of Community Engagement is considering the best way to determine which students will reside there. More information will be shared at the start of the fall 2018 semester.
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