Students to Move into Meredith’s New Apartments

More than 200 students will move into Meredith College’s new student apartments on Saturday, Aug. 1. These students will be the first residents of the recently completed apartment complex.

Move in for the apartments will take place from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Students will be treated to lunch, which is being provided by Meredith Campus Dining, and Meredith’s Alumnae Association will be on hand greet the new residents.

Meredith’s Office of Residence Life held an open house on Friday, July 24, to allow faculty and staff to tour the apartments. At the event, Meredith Vice President for College Programs Jean Jackson recognized the apartment opening as a historic moment in the life of Meredith College and called the first residents pioneers.

"The apartment building will come to life" when these students move in on Saturday, Jackson said.

With enrollment goals outlined in Meredith’s Vision 2010 strategic plan calling for a resident student population beyond the campus’ current capacity, the College opted to build apartment-style housing on campus. The new apartments are the first new residence facility to be built at Meredith since the early 1970s.

The new apartments are open only to juniors and seniors. Units are completely furnished, with living, dining and bedroom furniture, and appliances including washers and dryers. The apartment building consists of 48 units each containing four bedrooms and two bathrooms, and 30 units containing two bedrooms and two bathrooms. All bedrooms are designed for single occupancy.

In keeping with Meredith’s commitment to sustainability, the apartments were built in an environmentally friendly manner and the College is pursuing LEED certification for the building. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

Key elements being undertaken to achieve LEED certification include the following:
•dual flush toilets,
•"dark sky" friendly exterior light fixtures,
•drip irrigation,
•construction materials made from recycled products, and
•diverting construction waste from the landfill.

Construction began in Spring 2008 on the apartment project. The Design/Build team was Choate Construction Company, HADP (architects) and BJAC (architects and interior).

Date Submitted: 2009-07-28

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