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.