Thomson Residence Hall, opened in fall term 2008, offers upper-class students privacy and independence along with inviting social and meeting spaces. The $5.5 million, three-story, 28,000-square-foot facility, located on back circle off Fourth Street, features 31 suite-style living units. Each unit features a living room, study area, kitchenette, bathroom, and bedroom. Modular furniture allows students to customize their bedroom with a bunk bed style or separate beds.
On the ground floor, the 1780 Café is open evenings and features a menu of wraps, sandwiches, flat bread pizza, salads, fruit, vegetables, fair trade coffee, smoothies, and energy and fruit drinks.
Tables and booths, flat-screen televisions, and an outdoor patio make it a popular gathering place.
Meeting and gathering space is abundant elsewhere in Thomson Hall and includes a lower level meeting room with a capacity of 80 as well as a spacious lounge at the end of hallways on the second and third floors.
Environmentally friendly features of Thomson Hall include:
- Insulating values that exceed state code requirements by 28 percent
- Geothermal heating and air conditioning variable speed pump that saves 50 percent of pumping energy
- Total energy recovery wheel on outside air ventilation system
- Energy-saving motion sensors on corridor and laundry room lighting
- Low flow shower heads
- Fifty percent recycled material in parking lot surface