The Residence Life Initiatives project focused on two goals: to create a single community by invigorating connections and creating a sense of belonging for all; and to provide infrastructure and residential improvements.
Sustainability abounds! Couzens was the first dorm in the U.S. designed to earn the ENERGY STAR, a national standard usually reserved for consumer products, and both buildings exceeded the University’s energy standard of 30% better than ASHRAE. Lighting was one of the keys to energy savings, yet instead of replacing historic fixtures, keen attention was paid to the preservation of the gothic style architecture, with energy efficient bulbs and wiring retrofit into existing fixtures.
Residence halls were transformed into state-of-the-art living facilities, with warm colors and furniture, and spa-like community bathrooms, all creating a home-like environment with the added element of promoting social interaction.