The smell of fresh paint, the feel of new furniture and the opportunity to make history is what the first residents of the Residence Life and Learning Hall will be presented with when the facility opens in a little over a week.
The students who will inhabit the residence hall designed for sophomores will be living in five different pods that each boast two levels of rooms with a kitchenette, study space and a common room featuring ceiling fans and flat-screen televisions. Currently three pods will be female-only and two are set to house males exclusively.
Amber Mahan, a junior criminal justice major from Logan, Ohio, has lived in France Hall for the past two years and is set to be a resident assistant in the new building. “Going from one of the oldest buildings on campus to newest is kind of a drastic change, but I think it will be cool,” Mahan commented.
The unique gothic architecture and limestone featured on the majority of buildings on campus are also integral parts of the new Residence Life and Learning Hall. “It stands out as a new addition, but also blends in with the campus,” Mahan observed.
Jutting off the southeast corner of the hall is the new University Commons facility that will not only give students another dining option by way of the Fireside Café Pub, but also provide meeting space with a great room and lounge areas both inside and outside. The outdoor fireplace is sure to attract a crowd on chilly autumn evenings.
“It’s nice because it is closer for a quick snack and great for everybody in those four dorms to head on over there,” said Mahan. The four residence halls she is referring to would be Brown, France, Miller and Williard—all of which are mere yards away from the Residence Life and Learning Hall.
Resident assistants will be the first to move into the new hall on August 7, followed by fall athletes and athletic training students later that week.
Additionally, there’s still time to be part of this year’s freshman class! Jump on over to our Admission page to learn more.
As the hall is still yet to be named, the Office of Institutional Advancement is inviting those interested to contact them about naming and other giving opportunities. A picture-a-day photo album is available on Heidelberg’s Flickr page, for those interested in looking back on the progress over the last nine months.