Open house highlights new TTU residence hall

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Charlie Macke, director of residential life, readies one of the double-occupancy rooms at New Hall North.
With stylish decor and comfortable home-away-from-home amenities, the newest residence hall at Tennessee Tech University greets its first visitors with an open house 2-4 p.m. July 30.

The public is invited to be among the first to tour the building.

The $22 million hall took two years to complete and opens officially in August just in time to welcome students for the fall semester. Some 338 students will call New Hall North's Dixie Avenue location home.

Among the hall's features are 114 single-occupancy rooms and 112 double-occupancy rooms, all with private bathrooms. Multipurpose rooms with televisions and space for recreation are available on all four of the hall's floors. Adjacent to the hall is a grill, convenience store, suites for sorority meetings and a state-of-the-art classroom.

New Hall North will be home for one of the two living and learning village communities that will launch at TTU this fall. Lenly Weathers, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, will serve as faculty head of the environmental community of students to reside in the hall. Weathers' office also will be located there.

Living and learning villages are a system designed to give students more supportive, small-college experiences within the context of a larger university. The other village focusing on service will be lead by Paula Hinton, associate professor of history, and will be located in New Hall South.

Throughout New Hall North, students will find interior design details that make the hall more pleasant and "less institutional" in feel than any other hall on campus to date, said Charlie Macke, director of residential life at TTU.

"This is going to be a nice addition to our residence hall mix," Macke said. "The connection to the living and learning villages is going to be exciting too."

New Hall North is the first residence hall to open at TTU since New Hall South opened six years ago. TTU now has nine residence hall complexes with enough rooms for 2,313 students.

The next major project for TTU's residence halls is renovation of the M.S. Cooper-Pinkerton Residence Hall, which is about 50 years old. 

New Hall North – The Ingredients:

  • It took 360,000 bricks and 2,830 yards of concrete to build the four-story structure.
  • There are 330 windows and 950 doors total.
  • 80 miles of electrical wiring run throughout the hall.
  • The dry wall used, all 11,050 sheets, are made of 95% recycled material.
  • It took 90,000 square feet of flooring to complete the building.
  • 3,500 gallons of paint were used.

More:

  • Watch construction progress live.
  • See floor plans for the new hall.
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