In response to a trend of increasing enrollment and the popularity of campus living, Unity College has constructed a 70 bed, suite style residence hall. Constructed to meet LEED Silver standards, the approximately 18,000 square foot, $4.2 million hall houses 70 students. Designed by SMRT Inc. of Portland, Maine, it is located just within the tree line adjacent to the soccer field.
Green Comfort and Modern Amenities
“As with all of our campus improvement projects, we listened to the needs and preferences of students,” noted President Stephen Mulkey. “This comfortable residence hall has all the amenities that our students have told us they want, and provides features like wireless technology throughout that support study and experiential learning.” Daniel LaForge, Director of Facilities and Public Safety, and Stephen Nason, Director of Residence Life and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, have been involved in the planning process since its inception. Student comfort was a priority. “This residence hall provides more square footage per student than any other residence hall on campus,” noted LaForge.
Energy Efficient Design, Leading-Edge Technology
Green features have been integrated into every aspect of the design. The suite style residence hall houses five students per suite. There is also one double suite. Low flow water devices control showers, faucets, and toilets throughout the building. Higher than average insulation levels in the exterior walls are expected to provide R-30 value and R-50 value for the roof, both superior levels by even stringent green standards. The south facing roof will have a solar array and the building will be the third on campus heated by wood pellets. Each suite has a kitchenette consisting of a counter with space for a microwave and a sink for washing dishes. An efficiency apartment has a full kitchen with connections for an additional kitchen in the common space. Leading-edge technology is integrated into the hall. A fiber optic line runs to the residence hall and the building has wireless connectivity throughout.