Sharing Spaces


New residence hall gives sophomores a sense of welcome.

By Stacey Schmeidel

A new residence hall, located just north of Tomlinson—and improvements to three other residence buildings—will help enhance the sophomore experience at Davidson.

The new dorm is scheduled to open in August, providing housing for 251 students. That’s more than any other building at Davidson—but the numbers are misleading; the single structure actually looks like two four-story buildings. These are connected by a large common area that serves as a “living room” for residents, making it easy to connect with friends and increasing the opportunity to interact with hallmates and classmates.

In fact, the new residence hall features a number of common areas—both indoors and outdoors—that will draw students out of their rooms and into shared space, as well as a new fitness center overlooking the existing basketball court. A large, open center stairwell contributes to the building’s sense of welcome.

“We want to create a space that encourages interaction,” said Tom Shandley, vice president for student life and dean of students, “a space that builds on the sense of community created in the first-year halls at Davidson.”

At the same time, the college has begun renovating Irwin, Akers, and Knox, which have traditionally housed the largest number of sophomores. These renovations are also designed to bring residents together— the renovated residence halls will feature larger and more welcoming common lounges. In addition, rooms that formerly accommodated two people in close quarters will now serve as singles. The renovated buildings are scheduled to open in January 2013.

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