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Parmelee Hall renovation and open house

March 1, 2012

Housing and Dining Services will be holding an open house for Parmelee Hall March 6.

Tuesday, March 6
3-5 p.m.
Parmelee Hall

Parmelee Hall has been undergoing an extensive renovation since last summer and Housing & Dining Services invites the campus community to an open house on Tuesday, March 6, from 3-5 p.m.

New renovation features

The Parmelee Hall renovation includes the addition of a fourth floor, renovated interiors and exteriors, and new landscaping. The north side of the building was completed at the end of the fall semester and the south side is currently offline and undergoing construction. The construction area is separated from the student living area by the centralized lobby and arcade to help minimize noise and disruption for residents.

The project will be complete in June 2012 for Preview. Starting Fall 2012, the Global Village Residential Learning Community (including INTO Undergraduate Pathways students) and the School of the Arts new Residential Learning Community will be housed in Parmelee.

Features of the project include:

  • New student kitchen on the fourth floor and renovated laundry facilities
  • Installation of a centralized elevator
  • New study rooms and community lounges on each floor providing students unique spaces for group gatherings as well as smaller, quieter spaces for studying
  • Addition of a fourth floor with a mix of single and double rooms (total of 120 new beds)
  • Fourth floor rooms feature lofted ceilings and air conditioning; students pay a premium for fourth floor rooms
  • Priority for the new fourth floor rooms for the spring semester was given to students living in Parmelee hall during Fall 2011

Making sustainability a priority

As part of our continued commitment to sustainability, Housing & Dining Services included several sustainability features in the project:

  • 95 percent reuse of the existing structure to minimize landfill waste and material use
  • High-efficiency heating and cooling systems have been installed to reduce energy use
  • Energy efficient windows have been installed and exterior insulation has been improved to R-25 value and thermal glazing has been improved by 300 percent to help lower operating and utility costs (similar renovations at Ingersoll and Edwards halls resulted in steam utility reduction of over 20 percent annually)
  • Xeriscaping has been used in the landscaping to save water and additional bike racks have been added to accommodate 80 percent of residents to promote alternative transportation
  • Housing & Dining Services is pursuing third party financing for solar photovoltaic arrays or solar thermal systems on south-facing roofs to generate on-site renewable energy; roofs have been reinforced for future systems

Students will be leading tours through Parmelee and the fourth floor on March 6. The campus community is invited to attend and enjoy refreshments.

Contact: Mandy Hagedorn
Phone: (970) 491-3760