Freshman dorms designed to teach residents about sustainable living
Emory University’s Few and Evans Resident Halls are comprised of 293 beds in a community setting with traditional double units and a few single units, each with one Resident Advisor and two Sophomore Advisors per floor. Each community includes two 'clusters' with their own study lounge located at each end of the corridor, and a common floor lounge located in the middle.
Building amenities include an entry foyer, lounge, kitchen, laundry, and hall director apartments. The buildings also provide spaces intended to serve the Emory community at large, including a welcome desk, smart classrooms, offices, demonstration kitchen, student work rooms, seminar and multi-purpose rooms, an academic advising suite and a learning community support suite.
Completed in Autumn 2008, these residence halls are currently under review to receive LEED Gold certification. In order to achieve this, the halls have employed a variety of sustainability strategies. Treatment and detention of storm water occurs on site, using visible components of the landscape design, whilst collected rain and condensate water is used for toilet flushing. Photovoltaic panels power the pumps that send the harvested water back into the building and low flow plumbing fixtures and dual flush water closets have been installed to boost water efficiency. Also included in this project are metering facilities and the display of water and energy use to increase student awareness of sustainability issues.