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A new suite-style residence hall will give upperclassmen a new place to call home beginning in 2012. Construction on the hall, located on the site of the former Breese, Nelson and Clemans residence halls, begins this summer.

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Petra Roter said the new hall supports the University’s retention efforts.

“Students have asked for this type of housing, which gives them apartment-style amenities while allowing them to continue living on campus,” Roter said.

“The new hall also responds to student demands for an environmentally friendly facility that fits into the University’s commitment to sustainability,” she said.

The five-story residence hall will provide 340 beds reserved for sophomores, juniors and seniors. The two- and four-room suites will include shared living rooms, kitchenettes and storage space as well as a private full bath and a private half bath.

The residence hall, planned to meet platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards, will feature many green elements.

Among them will be photovoltaic cells for hot water heating, a green roof, a geothermal ground source heat pump for heating and cooling, and specialized bicycle storage, allowing students to have easy access to green transportation.

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