New Building Will Link Dana and Hallowell Dorms
This summer, work will begin on the "Danawell Connector," a building that will merge Dana and Hallowell dorms and replace the "Danawell trailer" that has served as a temporary lounge area for residents of the two dorms. The new construction, expected to be completed in time for fall 2015 occupancy, will provide 70 to 75 additional beds.
The new space will consist of mostly double-occupancy rooms to balance the distribution of class years living in Dana and Hallowell. This new space also takes student concerns into consideration.
"One thing we've heard from students consistently is that they want a better variety of spaces for socializing on campus," said Dean of Students Liz Braun at a press briefing announcing the project in the fall. Danawell will not only provide a lounge area overlooking Crum Woods on each floor but also a communal gathering place on the "garden level." Behind a two-story lobby at the entrance to Danawell will be a flexible lounge and gathering space, an outdoor patio, and a kitchen.
Danawell promises to be an accommodating space for all students. Designed to be ADA-accessible, the dorm will have an elevator and a new entrance, which will provide easier accessibility for students with disabilities. In addition, linking Dana and Hallowell will give students on each floor the option of both gender-neutral and gender-specific bathrooms.
Construction is currently scheduled to begin following the All-Alumni Sesquicentennial Reunion Weekend the first weekend of June.