MEMPHIS, Tenn., Oct. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Centennial Hall located at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) was recently listed by the Princeton Review as the No. 9-ranked dorm in the country.
Built and managed by EdR (NYSE: EDR), one of the nation's largest developers, owners and managers of high-quality collegiate housing communities, Centennial Hall opened in 2011 and is certified LEED Gold™.
"Centennial Hall was a cutting-edge living space when it opened its doors five years ago," said Tom Trubiana, EdR president. "This high ranking from Princeton Review shows that it is still leading the way today."
The hall remains the university's only on-campus housing community and incorporates environmentally sustainable principles in the design and operations such as daylighting design, locally and sustainably sourced lumber, natural ventilation and a number of water conservation measures throughout the building and its surrounding grounds.
"We take tremendous pride in our track record of developing unique student housing communities that align with the mission of the schools with which we partner," said Julie Skolnicki, EdR senior vice president of university partnerships. "At SUNY-ESF sustainability and LEED Gold certification was a high priority. At the University of Kentucky, we've built living learning centers that have replaced outdated housing, supported recruitment and student success efforts. At the University of California, Berkeley, we modernized a historical residential college, and it will now resume the academic program that has been part of the building's – and university's – fabric since it opened its doors almost a century ago."
The rankings were determined by a survey of 143,000 students at 381 schools. Centennial Hall community manager Kim Max said while design and functionality are important, it's the students themselves who have embraced the ideals the building was constructed around and who have turned it into a community.
"It's our students and student staff that make Centennial Hall a home," Max said. "Centennial Hall is an extension of the campus; the academics flow straight into the residential experience. This year we are hosting a tutoring center right here in Centennial Hall. We really try to support the academic mission, whether it's having composting available to the students, hosting chemistry workshops or putting on some fun biology demonstrations. Our students have made this community so much more than a place to rest your head."
EdR (NYSE: EDR) is one of America's largest owners, developers and managers of collegiate housing. EdR is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust that owns or manages 86 communities with more than 44,000 beds serving 53 universities in 24 states. EdR is a member of the Russell 2000 Index, the S&P MidCap 400 and the Morgan Stanley REIT indices. For details, please visit the company's Web site at www.EdRtrust.com.
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