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New Residence Hall Includes Geothermal

The University's commitment to sustainability is a cornerstone of the residence hall project.

The 150-bed residence hall will be built to LEED standards, incorporating best practices for efficiency and green design and construction. The University will not apply for certification, using the savings from this expensive process to support funding additional sustainable initiatives such as the geothermal energy system.

Sustainability and 100-year building features in the new residence hall will include:

  • Minimal footprint, building up (3 and 4 stories) instead of out, on existing pavement
  • Standing seam metal roof
  • Single-hung, aluminum-clad, wood, low-E windows
  • Optimized use of natural light, particularly in meeting spaces
  • High-efficiency heating and cooling systems
  • Water-saving fixtures
  • Energy-efficient lighting
  • Geothermal energy system, hidden underground
  • Sustainable and low-maintenance landscaping
  • Preserved and added green space, including maintaining the full Quad

To learn more about the progress and see live video visit the New Residence Hall Website.