University Housing & Dining had an active 2015-16 year: a record-breaking first year class, the start of construction on a new residence hall, and recognition for the newest residence hall on campus.
Madison Street Residence Hall construction is well underway
Madison Street Residence Hall broke ground late spring 2015 and is set to be the second hall built on the UI campus since 1968. The hall will be targeted to first- and second-year undergraduate students and has a projected completion in 2017.
“We’re very pleased to be able to move forward on these new projects,” said Tom Rocklin, UI vice president for student life. “We anticipate we’ll remain working to accommodate large first-year classes, so this will help us meet student demand and continue offering the best possible living experience for our students.”
With the continued growth of enrollment, as evidenced by a record-setting class of 2019 for students starting 2015, Madison Street Residence Hall will allow UH&D to better accommodate incoming and returning students. The new 12-story, 10249-bed residence hall is being built on the site of the old Iowa City Water Plant. It will include dining, study rooms, lounge/lounge and laundry, and floors will be assigned as part of the University’s Living-Learning Community (LLC) program.
Petersen Residence Hall wins Outstanding Design award
The newly constructed Mary Louise Petersen Residence Hall, which welcomed students for the fall 2015 semester, recently won an Outstanding Design Award: Residence Halls from American School & University.
The co-ed, 10 story, 501-bed, Petersen Residence Hall is situated on the west side of campus and is the first newly constructed residence hall for the University of Iowa since 1968. The building features a brick exterior, daylighting and visual connections to the greater campus community, a learning commons, Black’s Gold Grill, and multi-purpose spaces. Petersen Hall provides a connection for students with similar interests through Living-Learning Communities (LLC), and on floors 2 to 7, 324 students live in 12 LLCs dedicated to various academic programs. Floors 8 to 10 are divided between the LLC model and a mixed-cluster configuration. These cluster floors are arranged for greater integration and mentoring between upperclassmen and first-year students.
Petersen Residence Hall cashing in on energy savings
On April 21st, MidAmerican Energy Company presented a check for $459,497 to University Housing & Dining (UH&D) for its sustainability efforts in building Petersen Residence Hall. This residence hall has the potential to save $310,905 per year with its sustainable design features such as daylight dimming controls and increased wall insulation levels.The check was presented during the UH&D Earth Day Fair, which included sustainability activities from student organizations and UH&D to help students learn more about the environment and being sustainable on campus.
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