What's New on Campus?
We are always looking for ways for you to feel great about where you live, and last summer was no exception. In between summer school housing, and summer camps and conferences, scores of projects were done to improve the residential experience for our students. PLU is committed to keeping housing increases to a minimum while making good use of revenue and savings.
Residential Life and PLU are dedicated stewards of environmental resources and students’ housing fees. Conserving water and energy can also result in monetary savings. Several projects were geared toward this and are accompanied by educational campaigns designed to help our residents be responsible stewards as well.
- Military Shower Stops were installed in all traditional hall common bathrooms during the summer of 2012 following a successful pilot program. We completed the job this summer by installing them on all apartment showers in South Hall. This device allows the user to choose to save water by temporarily stopping the flow while soaping/shampooing, and restore the flow to the pre-set temperature at the push of a button.
- Additional water savings will be realized through the installation of new and improved water aerators that reduce the water flow in bathroom sinks while maintaining the full flow feel. Varied plumbing projects in Harstad, Kreidler, Hong and South Halls will also contribute to this initiative.
- Upgraded energy efficient lighting fixtures were installed in Hinderlie, Ordal and South Halls.
Furnishing/Appearance & Programmatic Improvements
Summer is a time when general maintenance concerns, large and small, are addressed and the residence halls receive a very thorough cleaning and a lot of fresh paint. In addition to this essential and routine work, several projects stood out.
- New casual and study furniture – overstuffed chairs, couches, study tables and white boards – were installed in the main lounges on 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors.
- The hangout lounge across from the front desk now has a ping pong table.
HINDERLIE COMMUNITY for CREATIVE EXPRESSION
- The art studio on 3rd floor was updated to better provide opportunities for a variety of artistic endeavors.
- A returning student wing in Hinderlie– in addition to a Tingelstad wing – is a pilot program for gender neutral housing. A separate application is required for students who desire to be a part of this community. Toilet and shower stall dividers that extend from almost the floor to almost the ceiling were installed, greatly enhancing privacy while allowing for appropriate airflow. This bathroom is now designated as gender neutral.
- Inefficient light fixtures throughout the residence hall are being replaced with energy efficient fixtures.
HONG INTERNATIONAL HALL
- Significant upgrades to the heating system, emphasizing common areas and stairwells during this first phase.
- The 3rd floor community kitchen has received a makeover.
- New study furniture – study tables and chairs – were installed in the main lounges on 1st and 2nd floors.
- The “Kreidler Community” was implemented as a place for upper division students to hang out, study and access resources whether you live on campus or commute.
- Kreidler has followed South Hall in permitting legal and responsible alcohol use in the rooms of residents who complete a short on-line course and follow university policy.
- Inefficient light fixtures throughout the residence hall were replaced with energy efficient fixtures.
- SAL (The Social Action & Leadership Community)has been temporarily relocated to a wing in Ordal from Stuen Hall while that facility is being renovated.
- Inefficient light fixtures throughout the residence hall have been replaced with energy efficient fixtures.
- Significant upgrades to the heating system will positively impact heat in residential units throughout the building.
- Stuen will be closed for the 2013 – 2014 academic year. Extensive renovations will include safety enhancements to address seismic concerns, fresh paint, carpet and flooring, new furniture, completely redesigned bathrooms offering enhanced privacy, updated kitchens and many other projects.
- The hangout lounge across from the front desk has a new ping pong table.
- Two new elevator carriages (the part you ride in) have been installed.
- A returning student wing in Tingelstad – in addition to a Hinderlie wing – will serve as a pilot program for gender neutral housing. A separate application is required for students who desire to be a part of this community. Toilet and shower stall dividers that extend from almost the floor to almost the ceiling are being installed, greatly enhancing privacy while allowing for appropriate airflow. This bathroom is designated as gender neutral.