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New University Residence Hall Sets Example of Sustainable Design

February 20, 2014

New University Residence Hall Sets Example of Sustainable Design
By Brian Bourassa, Communications Committee
As evidenced by the new 17th Avenue Residence Hall at the University of Minnesota, sustainability is a priority for the university. 
According to the Uof MN housing website, 17th Avenue Hall is a six-story, co-educational hall housing 600 residents. The new residence hall has been intentionally designed and developed to foster community among residents, as well as include sustainable design principles emphasizing energy efficiency, regional materials, and long-term viability.
The 17th Avenue Hall is located adjacent to the university sports arenas, Dinkytown, and the Minneapolis east bank campus. It is easily accessible by foot, bike, free campus connector, and shuttle system. It will also house a new concept Residential Restaurant featuring a Fresh Food Market and a main floor Technology Center.
Key sustainability features include:
  • Energy Star certified efficient equipment
  • Heat recovery mechanical systems
  • High efficiency plumbing and lighting fixtures
  • Vegetated roof
  • Water reclamation system
The project also was the winner in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal – 2013 Best in Real Estate for the Student Housing Development or Redevelopment Category.

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