Alma Clark Glass Hall - PW746
The new residence hall will offer a modern signature living community with about 400 beds in a variety of spaces, including semi-suites, full suites, and studio single apartments. The project will provide a net gain of 264 beds after accounting for the loss of Highland Hall. It is designed to appeal to a wide range of students, including upper division students who often look for amenities and room types not currently available on campus.
Work on the project began in August 2019 with the demolition of Highland Hall and Highland Lounge and the building of a new parking lot to replace 14G, which was closed to make space for the new larger residence hall. Construction is now underway. Construction is expected to continue through September of 2021, with the building ready for student occupancy in fall 2021.
The new residence hall design is intended to overcome the steep grade from main campus at College Hall to provide ADA access to the Ridgeway Complex for the first time, through the use of ramps, landings and an elevator. A single pathway for everyone through the new residence hall, described as a "shared journey" for the community, will create an easily identified accessible route through the building using exposed aggregate for the ramp, polished concrete for programmed spaces, and color as a wayfinding tool.
Amenities will include lounges, common kitchens, kitchenettes in some units, flexible study and collaboration spaces, laundry and storage. Outdoor recreational and gathering spaces will allow students to interact while enjoying the natural beauty of the Ridge. Secure bicycle storage will be available indoors in a first floor bike storage room and outside with covered and uncovered bike racks. Site improvements will include pedestrian pathways and improved lighting from the north end of the Ridgeway complex to campus.
The project is targeting a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver rating. To reduce waste, energy consumption, and resource use, the project will reuse on-site materials where possible, including the use of old concrete for fill and the re-purposing of the Highland Lounge roof beams as furniture in the new building. The reuse of the concrete on-site eliminated the need for 50-100 truck trips for hauling out rubble and bringing in dirt, while keeping the concrete out of landfills. The design will also optimize energy and water use and encourage alternative transportation methods.