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The New Residence Hall :
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In September 2008, Mount Holyoke welcomed students into the new residence hall. While in harmony with the traditional beauty of the College, this “green” building represents modern environmentally sustainable and energy-efficient architecture. It is the third LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building on campus, along with Blanchard Campus Center and Kendade Hall. With its advanced “green” features, it will be 45% more energy efficient than required under an already very stringent Massachusetts building code.

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Some "green" features include:

  • The use of materials with a high recycled content
  • Materials that are low in VOCs (volatile organic compounds emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids)
  • Rapidly renewable natural materials such as bamboo and cork flooring
  • A solar-heated hot water system
  • High-performance windows and insulation
  • A digital energy-control system
  • Thermal recovery in the building’s exhaust system

With 175 beds furnishing a variety of singles, doubles, and suites, the building houses an engaging blend of all class years from the College's diverse population.

For students, the building offers a welcome extension for the order and meaning that characterizes the rest of the campus. Having played an active role in the design process, student representatives were able to contribute their ideas, both in aesthetics and in logistic design, working alongside architects to create a new residence hall that would meet all the demanding needs of residential life at Mount Holyoke.

Located in the southern end of campus, it consists of two main units – a north wing adjacent to Pratt Hall and a south wing on the corner of Morgan Street and Lower Lake Road. Within these two wings are several clusters of approximately 33 students each. Private living spaces within these clusters are in close proximity to gracious common areas, fostering community and student interaction.

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MHCs 2,200 students hail from 48 states and nearly 70 countries. Twenty percent are international citizens, and 28 percent of domestic students identify as African American, Asian American, Latina, Native American, or multiracial.

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