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Dana Unveiled—Q&A Session with Singleton Part III

Dana Unveiled—Q&A Session with Singleton Part III

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Pinnacle: Dana now accommodates about 120 students; this is more than Deep-green (one of the most acclaimed residence halls with a larger space) can hold, was the goal to accommodate as many students as possible in Dana?
Singleton: Deep Green has ~34,400 sf of living space and can accommodate 132 residents. Dana can actually accommodate 136 residents and has ~34,700 sf of living space (not counting the 1,100 sf roof top patio).

Pinnacle: Whose decision was it to use Dana’s 2nd floor as a classrooms for lectures?
Singleton: Inclusion of classroom space was made during the design charrette by Student Life and Academic Services in order to enhance first-year experience and create a true “living/learning” experience. This is a growing trend in student housing across the country.

Pinnacle: Currently, Dana still needs some work, workers are in and out of the building. Can you tell when renovations in Dana will be complemented?
Singleton: The Punch Listing process you describe is common with all construction projects and should wrap up by the end of next week…this is where final tweaks are completed such as repairing scraped wallboard, carpet tears, painting touch-ups, etc. After this, we expect to have some intermittent maintenance call back work over the next year, which is typical for a renovation of this scale.

Pinnacle: Other than the cost, could a complete demolition and a new building as in Deep-green could have proven more sustainable for the campus in the long run?
Singleton: No. The most sustainable building is always the one you don’t build and to completely demo Dana and rebuild would have been more expensive as you rightly note. Dana did require more extensive renovation than expected when we found significant issues than were unexpected with the original block wall construction from 1960, but the new envelope will be highly energy efficient, with an EUI (energy intensity) design of just around 45% of what Dana was before.

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