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Ackerman Hall: a live-learn residence hall

live learn residence hall artist rendering of exterior

Ackerman Hall, the newest residence hall on campus, called a "live-learn facility", features both a living component and academic space for classes and meetings. The residence hall has 303 beds in rooms with both single and double occupancy and office space for University Residences and Campus Dining. The live-learn residence hall is centrally located on campus near the Valsetz Dining Hall and Werner University Center and is the closest residence hall to the academic buildings. There will be nine live-learn communities in the building, which houses first year students as well as sophomores, juniors and seniors.

This facility was designed with major sustainable and "green" elements to conserve resources and save on energy. The building has achieved LEED platinum certification, and is the only residence hall west of the Mississippi with such a rating (as of 2012). Increased insulation, solar hot water, solar heat collectors and solar thermal panels will help reduce energy costs. Low-flow plumbing fixtures and rainwater harvesting will reduce water consumption. Each resident's room has 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. Even the handful of trees that were removed from the Grove for this building were milled and used within the facility in a variety of ways including wall panels, slats, and furniture.

Download the flyer here (.pdf).

Read about the naming of Ackerman Hall.

Photo albums

Pouring of first conrete and installation of rainwater harvesting tank.

Conceptual aerial view and exterior view.

Aerial views of construction*: November, March ( one, two, three, four and five) and April.

Photo of art professor Kim Hoffman removing the honey bees.

*Photo credit for aerial shots: Lori McGhee, Higher Perspective Imagery

Who is involved?

Architect: Mahlum | Contractor: Lease Crutcher Lewis | Structural engineer: James G. Pierson | MEP engineer: Interface | Civil engineer: Cardno WRG | Sustainability consultant: Brightworks | Acoustical consultant: Altermatt Associates | Landscape architect: Atlas Landscape Architecture

live learn residence hall aerial view

To learn more about the Grove in relation to the residence hall, visit the FAQ page.


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