The new suite building towers over the north side of campus as students eagerly await its completion. Sophomore Bob Pekol said, “Just looking at the renovations they did is a huge morale booster.”
The $28 million project started over three years ago.
As stated by Mike Zsido, assistant director of housing, Residential Living is “student-driven,” and in 2007, they surveyed the students for what they wanted. The conclusion was that students wanted a new living environment that other universities provided, such as a suite complex.
And so, Residential Living gave them what they wanted; a five story, 82 suite-style room building that will house 323 students next fall.
Each suite is furnished with a full kitchen, a living room, four bedrooms and separate rooms for the shower, toilet and vanity. The building also has common rooms to build a community-feel much like the dorms have.
Originally, the building was estimated to cost $36 million to build and furnish, but due to great bids and Miron Construction Company, the building cost significantly less money than expected.
The new building, called the Suites @ 201 Reserve, is as green as they come. Miron Construction Company had many sustainability initiatives because they believe that it is, “not only good for the health and well-being of the building occupants and for the environment, but makes economical sense as well.”
The building has a minimum of U.S. Green Building Council LEED Silver rating for New Construction V2.2. USGBC, according to its web site, is “an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.” This means that the Suites @ 201 meet the highest green building and performance measures, perfect for a school that puts an emphasis on environmental sustainability. The students are especially excited about
this. Sophomore Kristin Eggen, an arts management major, said that this green step was, “fantastic.”
Many students share this excitement about the Suites @ 201. The project will be completed July 2011 and will be ready for students the following school year.