Students sing praises of new residence hall

20121026Hillside-1When students moved into Hillside Hall over Columbus Day weekend, there were a lot of green features they noticed right away.

“There are a lot of places for us to do work together, and there’s also the giant sky lounge on every floor, so that’s where everybody can come together,” said Joe Walter, a freshman pharmacy major from Bayonne, N.J.

“We’re really excited to be able to study in the new study rooms,” said Beth Aldrich, a freshman pharmacy major from Coventry, “They’re so nice.”

The University is seeking LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification. Sixty-four solar panels provide hot water for the facility, sun shading fixtures and window vents keep the rooms comfortable while still allowing in generous amounts of light, and landscaping controls and filters storm water before it finally enters White Horn Brook to the west of the campus.