The new residence hall will be about 45,000 square feet with a 178-bed capacity and located near Pine Street, adjacent to the Meadows complex and Young, McIntire and Clark (YMC). The target completion date is July 2019, with an opening planned for the 2019 fall semester.
You can visit an interactive view, including a time-lapse video, of the new residence hall’s progress via the OxBlue website.
The design of the new residence hall reflects two main themes that emerged during the planning of the building—community spaces and sustainability.
Each wing of each floor of the residence hall will have a lounge for studying and collaboration. There also will be a social lounge at the center of each floor, aimed at bringing students together.
On the first floor of the northern wing, there will be a 2,000-square-foot common space that will be open to all students, not just those who live in the new residence hall. It will be accessible as space for socializing and group work, but will also be used for meetings, programs and events. An outdoor patio area also will be available.
The building will be positioned to create a quad-like area bounded by Meadows on one side and the YMC complex on other sides. The new quad will have a fire pit and will be designed to enable performances and activities to bring together students, most of whom will be first and second year.
The college’s commitment to sustainability has been a driving force in the design of the new residence hall, which will be constructed to meet Passive House standards. Passive House is a rigorous, voluntary standard for energy efficiency that reduces a building’s ecological footprint. The new residence hall is being designed to use at 70 percent less energy than a building built to current codes. This will be accomplished using highly insulated airtight construction methods and efficient heating, cooling and lighting systems. The building also will have photovoltaic panels to supply more than 75 percent of the building’s total electricity usage.