When Davidson dedicated Martin Court in 1992, its three residence halls welcomed seniors into what was then a new concept: transitional living. Today, Martin Court boasts six halls of “senior apartments,” with one more under construction. Davis Hall will open for the 2011 spring semester, ready to welcome 60 students returning from fall semester study-abroad programs.
Patty Perillo, associate dean of students and director of residence life, said the addition of Davis Hall brings the total beds on campus to about 1,620, housing 92 to 95 percent of all students. This is critical for the college’s core values, Perillo said, adding that “students who live on campus do better academically, enjoy their college experience more, have more interaction with faculty and staff, and are more engaged alumni.”
Project Supervisor Ronnie Shirley said Davis Hall meets standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and is on track for silver-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or “LEED” certification, the standard used to judge the environmental friendliness of a building.
Davis Hall celebrates the generosity of J. Roy Davis, Jr. ’55 and his wife, Sue. A former trustee, Davis is the chair emeritus of S&D Coffee, Inc. in Concord, N.C., where he lives. And no matter where they live, students can grab a cup of S&D coffee at the newly named Davis Café in the Alvarez College Union.