DENVER, Sept. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The University of Denver is giving juniors and seniors a reason to stay on campus. On Aug. 21, the University officially opened Nagel Hall, a 150,000-square-foot, five-story, environmentally-friendly residence hall with 356 beds. The new facility not only provides much needed space and modernizes the University's housing stock, but was purposefully designed to encourage upperclassmen to remain on campus after they complete the two-year residency requirement. The first three floors of Nagel Hall will house sophomores in four-person suites with two bedrooms and a shared bathroom. The fourth and fifth floors will have apartment units for juniors and seniors. These fully-furnished apartments will include a kitchen, living room and four single bedrooms. "Having a mixture of sophomores, juniors and seniors together helps diversify the campus," says Mike Furno, associate director of housing operations. "Upperclassmen have experience, maturity and an academic focus that contributes a richness to the campus community." The building features a ground-floor food court offering quick, anytime dining options, multiple lounges and study rooms, common-area kitchens, laundry facilities, a billiards and video game room and an outdoor dining plaza. Nagel Hall's front desk is staffed 24/7 and electronic security access is required for both apartment and bedroom entry. On the upper floors, juniors and seniors will enjoy an expansive view of the mountains, Denver skyline and DU campus. DU Trustee Ralph Nagel and his wife, Trish, contributed $4 million to spearhead the project, which cost a total of $39.8 million. Ralph Nagel, an accomplished artist, also contributed works from his own collection to be displayed throughout the building. At his request, a special residential room with studio space has been built for an artist-in-residence program currently being developed in cooperation with the School of Art and Art History. To lessen the structure's environmental impact, architects have incorporated an energy efficient heating-and-cooling system, a copper roof made of 90 percent recycled materials, low water-use faucets, dual-flush toilets and low-VOC paint and carpet glues. The University's signature structural masonry, which is designed to last well beyond 100 years, was created using regionally-sourced bricks. The project's general contractor, GH Phipps Construction, recycled the construction debris, diverting as much as 75 percent from landfills. The University has submitted the project to the U.S. Green Building Council for consideration for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification. University Architect Mark Rodgers took great care to design a building that not only fits into the surrounding physical landscape, but serves as an open, central point of activity on campus. In addition to first- and second-year students and upperclassmen, Nagel Hall will also house academic research space, offices and classrooms for the Department of Psychology and classrooms for the Center for Teaching and Learning. "Nagel Hall is meant to be a building like Grand Central Station, a crossing point of campus," he says. "It's designed to be much more than a place where people sleep." The University of Denver (www.du.edu), the oldest private university in the Rocky Mountain region, enrolls approximately 11,117 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Denver as a Research University with high research activity.
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