Underground dorms coming to UALR in 2015
The UALR Office of Student Housing confirmed plans today for underground dormitories to be built on campus.
Construction on the underground dorms will begin this summer and are expected to be completed in the fall semester of 2015.
The need for the underground dorms came from a lack of space and an increasing size of students. Due to the university’s attempt to make UALR a more traditional school, extra dorms are needed to accommodate more students. After last year’s implementation that all incoming freshman must live on campus their first year, administration saw the opportunity to expand.
The dorms will span eight floors. The first floor will be the ground floor of the building. The ground floor will have the lobby, a café similar in size of the Trojan Grill, and a social meeting room designed for up to thirty people to convene in. The elevators on the ground floor will lead down to the preceding floors.
There will be seven floors with dormitories for students. Efficiency will be one of the main considerations when building these dorms. Next to safety, the priority is to fit as many students in the dorms as possible. The dorms will have a similar design and layout as the West Hall dormitories. The kitchens on each floor will be larger. The community rooms on each floor will not only include a flat screen television, but will include a gaming consoles too. These new dorms will include an optional cleaning and laundry service. A new mandatory service fee will be included in these student’s fees.
Energy efficiency will be implemented for the dorms. The roof of the first floor will be fitted with solar panels. The energy obtained from these solar panels will fully fuel all energy usage for the first floor. The remaining floors will be have energy efficient technology installed. Energy costs are expected to be lower than any other dorms at UALR.
The name of the new underground dorms is yet to be determined. The name will be decided by a raffle ticket drawing. Tickets will be sold in the lobbies of East and West Halls and the club house at the University Village. Tickets will cost $5.