Colorado State University Students Move into New, Modern Spaces

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Nearly 5,400 students will be moving their belongings into Colorado State University’s residence halls on Aug. 22, and with several renovated halls, students are sure to be excited.

“Our new and newly renovated residence halls meet the needs of today’s students with dynamic living and dining environments, academic support services, and plenty of indoor as well as outdoor gathering and social spaces,” said Rick Pott, facility planner for Housing & Dining Services.

Over the past several years, CSU’s Housing & Dining Services added a significant number of beds on campus, including 600 at Academic Village and 240 at Parmelee and Braiden halls as part of the fourth floor additions. Laurel Village, set to open fall 2014, also will add 600 new beds for students, including the Natural Sciences residential learning community.

Currently, space is still available for incoming students who have not yet made housing arrangements, including upper-class students and transfer students.

“Adding additional beds has helped the university with increasing enrollment and also created designated spaces for returning students to assist with retention,” said Tonie Miyamoto, director of Communications and Sustainability for Housing & Dining Services.

This year’s incoming first-year students also will take advantage of Braiden and Parmelee’s expanded lobbies as well as new elevators, student lounges and kitchens. Laurel Village will include new classroom space, collaborative work areas and opportunities for faculty engagement. Extensive landscaping, too, will create outdoor study and gathering areas for all of the residence halls.

The Durrell Center, a student programming and dining center that was closed for renovation during the 2012-2013 academic year, reopens to students this fall featuring new study spaces, an outdoor deck, completely revamped dining center, and new landscaping for outdoor programming and gatherings, perks that make on-campus residences more attractive than ever.