The live-learn center will be open for residents in time for fall term 2010. The health and wellness center will be open and available for use early in the winter term of 2011.
All roads on campus are open to regular traffic. Half of parking lot 'F' is blocked off for construction on the health and wellness center. A new parking lot was built during the summer of 2009 to accomodate the parking needs of campus. This lot is on the south end of the stadium and track, call lot 'R', and can be accessed on Jackson Street. Campus maps and directions can be found here.
The live-learn residence hall will be constructed on approximately one-third of the existing Grove. The bulk of the Grove will remain for campus use and the ground will be strengthened so it can be used year-round, whereas previously it was difficult to use during poor weather months. Several trees had to be removed due to damage caused by the severe inclement weather during the winter of 2008 and several more were removed for the residence hall. However, those removed will be milled locally and used within the residence hall. The majority of the Grove remains intact.
For more information about living on campus, please visit the University Residences and Campus Dining Office at http://www.wou.edu/student/residences. First year students who enroll within a year of high school graduation must live on campus for the full academic year, unless an exception is granted. There are several residence hall facilities on campus and a number of themed halls available for placement.
In May 2008, a referendum was placed on the Associated Students of Western Oregon University's ballot to propose a $90 per student, per term fee for the health and wellness center (including access to the rec center). The referendum passed with 72 percent of the vote. Students will begin paying that fee when the rec center opens.
The Leadership in Engergy & Environment Design (LEED) Certification, within the U.S. Green Building Council, is a green building certification program operated as a third-party verification to the energy efficiency of buildings and communities. LEED Certification can be achieved in silver, gold, or platinum.
The live-learn center has been designed to achieve LEED Certification platinum and the health and wellness center is targeting gold certification.
The live-learn facility features a rainwater storage and harvest system that will be used for toilet flushing, including low-flow plumbing fixtures. Increased insulation, solar hot water, solar heat collectors and solar thermal panels will help to reduce energy costs. Each resident's room will have low- and high-use electrical outlets so that when no one is in the room, the lights and items plugged into the low-use outlets will turn off. This is for items not used as frequently such as iPod chargers or printers.
Sustainable features of the new building will include stormwater runoff treatment, natural ventilation and excellent exterior thermal performance. Old P.E. will get a new cooling system provided by chilled beams and new energy efficient lighting. The natatorium is being renovated with new pool equipment and the introduction of a heat recovery unit that extracts energy off the exhaust air and preheating the fresh air intake. Low flow faucets and showerheads, as well as dual-flush toilets reduce water consumption in the building by at least 40 percent. An integrated building design utilizing a highly efficient building envelope, and a combination of displacement ventilation and natural ventilation, will yield more than 20 percent energy efficiency over code. A heat recovery chiller will utilize waste heat generated from space cooling to help heat the swimming pool. Extensive daylighting and automatic window shading are also employed throughout the building to maximize solar heat gain, and increase user comfort.
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