About the new hall
The construction of Drew’s first new residence hall in 34 years was completed in January 2009. The building houses 159 undergraduates in 54,519 square feet of living space. Students are housed on the second through sixth floors in 39 suites. Each features a bathroom, a common area and two or three double bedrooms—with their own in-room sinks. In addition to the building’s resident director, a resident assistant lives on each floor.
The 9,000 square foot first floor is entirely devoted to common areas including a high-tech business center, inviting lounges, and quiet rooms for meetings and group study sessions. Students were given a say in the floor’s design through a survey distributed in December 2006 and an ad-hoc committee chaired by then-Dean of Campus Affairs and Student Life Dawn Williams.
Drew’s commitment to environmental protection is evident in the design of the new residence hall. By working closely with engineers and construction officials, the university was able to achieve LEED Silver Certification—a prestigious designation bestowed upon only the cleanest and most efficient new buildings.
“Green” Highlights of New Residence Hall Design
- Heat Island Reduction – traditional roof material absorbs sunlight and generates a “heat island” which has detrimental affects on the natural surroundings. In McLendon Hall, highly reflective material was utilized to deflect the sunlight therefore reduce the absorption.
- Improved Hardscape/Landscape – the site surrounding the new construction provides heat island reduction through native plantings that will provide shade cover for the space of up to 50% within 5 years. Non-heat absorbing materials were also installed for sidewalks and other impervious surfaces.
- Water Efficiency – water efficiency is a key element of sustainable buildings. The new building has the following sustainable elements:
- Water Efficient Landscaping – native vegetation and irrigation strategies reduce potable water use by 50% compared to local benchmarks.
- Non-Potable Irrigation – rainwater and other recycled water are utilized to irrigate the site.
- Water Efficient Fixtures – showers, faucets, toilets, and other plumbing fixtures exceed the Energy Policy Act of 1992 by at least 20%.
- Energy Consumption Reduction – energy use in the building has the most impact on the environment. Occupancy sensors, windows, and primary building heating systems were designed to operate with significantly greater efficiency than other dormitory facilities of like use. The single biggest sustainable feature is the geothermal system. This building uses this renewable energy to more effectively control the building’s temperature.
- Recycled Construction Materials – at least 10% of all material used to build McLendon Hall contained recycled materials, such as plastics, insulation, metal, and glass.
- Low Emissions Paint and Coatings – An overall reduction of indoor air contaminants was achieved by using paints and other surface coverings made from low emission materials.
- Sustainable Operations – low environmental impact cleaning products are being utilized to care for the space.