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Ordal Hall: Lots is New for Fall

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New furniture fills Ordal Hall's third-floor lounge.

Image: New furniture fills Ordal Hall’s third-floor lounge.

September 2, 2015
By Matthew Salzano ’18
PLU Student Writer

TACOMA, Wash. (Sept. 2, 2015) — Ordal Hall went under the knife for some major cosmetic surgery this summer. And now, as students arrive on campus this week, it is ready to take off its wrappings and show its new self.

A ribbon-cutting will be held for the freshly remodeled Ordal Hall at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday,  Sept. 9. A light reception will follow.

Guests will include President Thomas W. Krise, Interim Campus Pastor John Rosenberg, Vice President of Student Life Joanna Royce-Davis, Associate Vice President of Campus Life Tom Huelsbeck, Resident Director Angel Gonzalez and the Ordal Hall Residence Hall Council.

The refurbished Ordal Hall has several new features, including:

  • energy-efficient windows;
  • overhead LED lights in resident rooms that are energy-efficient and provide better lighting than traditional fixtures;
  • contactless entry into dorm rooms—no more room keys!
  • new furniture for lounges and study rooms;
  • fully-renovated bathrooms with toe-warming heated floors and increased privacy; and
  • brand-new kitchens with open floor plans on second and third floors.

A timeline of the summer remodel is available here.

Ordal Hall also will include the First in the Family Community, a wing that aspires to assist first-generation students in their transition from high school to college. The First in the Family Community used to be housed in Foss Hall, which is no longer open.