The university broke ground Friday, June 4, for a new, 170,000-square-foot, $30 million residence hall, the first “green” residence hall on campus.
The new building will stand at the corner of Spring Garden Garden and Kenilworth streets.
Chancellor Linda P. Brady and Board of Trustees Chair Randall Kaplan spoke.
Brady said the new residence hall will not only mark an important step toward sustainable campus design but also an important partnership between Academic Affairs and Student Affairs. The suite-style hall will include classrooms, faculty offices and faculty apartments, a trend toward the living-learning community model, which Brady says is best for students.
“Studies have shown that students who live on campus tend to see more academic success,” she told the crowd. “This extends beyond beyond the classroom to where students actually live.”
The new hall, expected to open in August 2011, will house 400 students. Additional features will include retail space on the ground floor and wireless service in student rooms.
The structure will meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council. The project will seek LEED certification at the silver level. The sustainable design is expected to save about 30 percent on energy consumption.
The facility is being built through the Capital Facilities Foundation. Raleigh-based Pearce Brinkley Cease and Lee in association with Ayers/Saint/Gross of Baltimore designed the new residence hall. Barton Malow/Samet/SRS will manage construction. Barton Malow is headquartered in Michigan; Samet Corporation is based in Greensboro.
The construction start carries an economic benefit. State economists estimate that every $1 million spent on a construction project results in 36 new jobs, and for each dollar spent on a project, $2.28 is pumped into North Carolina’s economy.
UNCG will also renovate the seven 1920s Classical Revival halls that make up the Quad. The Quad renovation begins in May 2011.