A new residence hall will open this fall without a name.
“The only name that we have ascribed to it is ‘new hall,'” Brian
Durick, the director of preview and future director of the new
residence hall said.
When the new residence hall is finished, CSU will take the next
step in reorganizing CSU residence hall life.
“The next phase of residence life calls for demolition of [Ellis
and Newsom], what they’re looking to put in place is an academic
village concept,” Durick.
An academic village is where student housing, dining, classrooms
and teacher offices are all centralized into a small geographic
area or to a single building.
“With some smaller residence halls that may be filled entirely
with a living learning community. Rather that just having a floor
in a building dedicated to pre-vet students… there might be whole
building in unto itself,” Durick said.
The new residence hall, located on the south end of campus
across from Ellis and Newsom, has a modern exterior resembling the
red brick and stone on the Plant Science building, which differs
from CSU’s standard architecture.
The design of the building’s interior also departs from the
previous norms of CSU design and is comparable to the corner rooms
of Durward and Westfall halls where two two-bedroom suites are
connected with a common living space.
“We have, I think, a better retention rate in our halls that are
suites,” Durick said.
The new residence hall will feature suites where a one-bedroom
room and a two-bedroom room share a common living area. The new
rooms also have hard wired and wireless Ethernet access. To manage
these extra electricity demands the rooms have more power outlets
per room than other residence halls
The new residence hall will have similar amenities as all other
residence halls on our campus, according to Mary Ellen Sinnwell,
the Director of residence life, in an e-mail.
The hall facilities include a 24-hour desk, coin-op laundry
services, a kitchenette, vending machines and floor lounges.
While the building lacks a dining facility, student’s meal plans
may be used at any of the other residence halls on campus.
“The new hall is expected to be completed here in July, 2004; we
are currently ahead of schedule and under budget,” Sinnwell