The University of Colorado Boulder has an enrollment of close to 30,000 students. The campus always has been committed to housing all first-year students and has a goal of incorporating 20 percent of the non-freshman in the residence halls, enriching the Residential Academic Programs (RAPs). The new Williams Village North residence hall will house 500 CAPACITY500COST PER SQ FT$258.00FEATURED IN2011 Architectural Portfolio on the Williams Village campus.
With a sustainability theme, this new building will serve as a living/learning environment for the students who are housed here. Two "green" themed RAPs will be in the building, Social Entrepreneurship for Equitable Development & Sustainability (SEEDS) and Sustainable by Design (SbD). Having these academic programs housed in a building that is tracking to be the nation’s first LEED platinum residence hall of its size, serves to make it the perfect living laboratory for these interested students.
In addition to the usual sustainable strategies, such as water conservation, efficient lighting fixtures and appliances, daylighting, advanced building systems and controls, this facility also utilizes solar hot water and photovoltaic power generation, native landscaping, phantom load switches and occupancy sensors, water reuse, evaporative cooling and high Solar Roof Index (SRI) roofing.