An exciting transformation of the ESF campus is under way as the College embarks on the addition of two new facilities devoted to serving student needs beyond the classroom. A student residence hall (the first ever built at ESF) and a campus “gateway” building will showcase the College’s environmental commitment, dramatically enhance student life, and become the focal points for a planned west campus expansion.
ESF’s new residence hall is a $32 million student housing project that will be owned and operated by the ESF College Foundation. Scheduled for completion in summer 2011, the facility will be named Centennial Hall in celebration of this milestone in the College’s history.
Centennial Hall will be an environmentally friendly facility with dormitory and apartment-style housing for 452 students located just west of campus. It will enhance ESF’s sense of campus community and pride while filling a significant need for safe, affordable and convenient housing for generations of ESF students. Contributions to the Centennial Hall Fund will:
- Provide Student Housing Scholarships to help reduce annual room charges for needy undergraduates.
- Allow for several desirable enhancements to be added to the facility, including a rooftop solar array to reduce energy costs and improve sustainability.
- Help offset land and construction costs that are being financed through long-term bonding.
Centennial Hall provides a number of unique opportunities for donors who would like to designate special naming gifts to fund student rooms or apartment suites, lounge areas, an outdoor terrace, or other significant parts of the building.
Located just west of Moon Library, ESF’s new Gateway Building will provide a stunning first impression to campus visitors and serve a variety of student needs. The building will feature a conference and event space with seating for 500 people, along with an expanded College Bookstore, an exhibition gallery, administrative offices, a new cafeteria and a fitness center. A unique wood-pellet-and-natural-gas system will provide heat and electric power for this building and several others on campus. The project is expected to achieve a LEED Platinum level of sustainability.
Construction of the Gateway Building will be state funded but private donations will allow the College to move forward with two important building enhancements, which will:
- Provide exercise equipment and furnishings for a fitness center that will serve students, faculty, staff and alumni, while also improving the training facilities available to ESF’s intercollegiate sports teams.
- Fund a wonderful new exhibition of the College’s Roosevelt Wildlife Collection, putting our natural treasures on display for all to see.
This building will also have a variety of naming opportunities available to recognize special donations.