Written by Jenni Chadick, Assistant Director of Residence Life
If you’ve been on campus in the last 12 months or so, you may have noticed some hullabaloo at the south end of campus. First, the Human Resources building was demolished, then the bulldozers got to work. Before you knew it scaffolding and bricks (each laid by hand!) were up and it was plain for visitors and the campus community that a new residence hall was being formed.
This new residence hall is exciting for our campus as it is the first of its kind. The building is slated to meet LEED standards, and will be ADA accessible. Each floor will have distinct houses – 10-12 person suites of individual rooms, sharing a large community dining and living space. Five of these houses will be connected to specific academic initiatives including:
- The Humanities Program
- Puget Sound Outdoors and Environmental Policy and Decision Making
- International and Global Education
- The Honors Program
In addition to beautiful living areas, the new building also has an amazing event space accommodating up to 150 attendees. And the outdoor space is sizing up to be quite impressive! The landscaping is yet to be complete, however, it is clear at this point there will be several places for students to work outside socializing, studying, and relaxing. The building will also include three non-residential areas: a classroom, a mat room (for yoga, fencing, circus club, etc.) and hopefully a small film room for faculty to utilize for class viewings. The building is truly interdisciplinary, representing the heart of what we do as a residential, liberal arts, institution.
The newest addition to the campus profile coincides with the implementation of our two year live on requirement. Beginning the fall of 2012, all new students are required to live on campus the first two years. Many students opt to live on for three or four years, and this building is designed to meet the needs of our juniors and seniors that choose to live on campus. Several rooms have peek-a-boo views of the sound, and for those lucky residents on the south of the building views of Mount Rainier are pretty stunning (weather permitting of course!).
The new building just adds more breadth to the living environments available to students – from traditional halls like Todd/Phibbs (my own home for 3 years!), to suite style living in Trimble, to Greek housing along Union Avenue to the 50+ single family homes the college owns, we aim to provide the safest, most convenient, and diverse housing available to students. It’s pretty exciting to see this one come up over the past year.
Interested in learning more? Read more about the new residence hall here.