Emory Report
August 27, 2007
Volume 60, Number 1

‘Green Housing’ —
Turman Hall’s sustainable
features and practices

• 78 percent of construction debris (including concrete, metal, wood and cardboard) was recycled.

• Bamboo flooring instead of hardwoods. Bamboo is a rapidly renewable product and can be harvested more quickly than hardwood.

• Uses 30 percent less water than a typical project of comparable size and use.

• Dual flush toilets (lift the handle up for liquids and down for solids) designed to use less water.

• Low-flow shower heads and faucets; community bathroom sinks have auto shut off sensors.

• Energy Star appliances.

• Thermostats in each room for individual temperature control. The coolest temperature setting is 70 degrees and the warmest setting is 78 degrees.

• Energy consumption monitored electronically on each floor to determine the amount of energy used.

• Total building energy consumption displayed in lobby. Emory anticipates friendly competition among future freshman residence halls regarding energy conservation and lowest energy usage levels.

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August 27, 2007
‘Green’ freshman housing opens

By kim urquhart

The freshmen settling in to Turman Hall this week are the very first occupants of the new residence hall. There are other “firsts” too.

The five-story 44,000-square-foot building is one of the first “green” residence halls in Georgia, its sustainable features evident upon stepping into the lobby, where underfoot recycled automobile glass glints on the terrazzo flooring.

Turman is the first to open in a planned complex of up to nine freshman residence halls that Emory anticipates will achieve at least LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Certification through the U.S. Green Building Council (see sidebar to learn about Turman Hall’s “green” features). The overarching goal of the planned freshman complex is to consolidate and enrich Emory’s freshman experience.

One hundred twenty students were selected in a competitive process to live in Turman, and each will be part of a community focused on citizenship. “This is the first freshman residence hall to have a theme, which is global, broad-based citizenship,” said Andrea Trinklein, executive director of residence life and housing.

From special programming such as field trips, guest speakers and celebrations that relate to the theme, Turman residents will have the opportunity to explore citizenship through a variety of lenses. Every first-year student living on campus is part of the First Year at Emory program, which offers academic and social opportunities that help students transition to college life.

Turman residents, who represent a cross-section of nationalities and majors, will also participate in “Emory as Place,” which seeks to connect students to the natural environment and the social/cultural/historical setting of Emory through campus nature walks and interactive learning.

The hall, which sits on what was previously a parking lot and mirrors the new School of Medicine building across the street, has 132 beds plus two complete apartments. Eighty percent of the units are double occupancy; 20 percent are single occupancy.

The rooms are designed for maximum flexibility, with most of the furniture on casters, and feature space-saving loft beds and locking cabinets for secure storage. The bright, open floor plan and large windows help “bring the outside in,” Trinklein said.

The residence hall offers ample space to socialize as well as study. “We hope that we have created an environment that will draw the students to study,” she said.

The second and third freshman residence halls in the freshman complex are currently under construction on the edge of McDonough Field near Eagle Row. Similar in style to Turman, these halls are being built to an even higher level of LEED certification — gold — and will be completed next summer