Common spaces, dining and destinations
A premier residential campus is built on vibrant neighborhood destinations where planned and “intentionally spontaneous” interactions occur between students, faculty and staff.
Exciting social and academic destinations and common spaces in the plan include:
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Sustainability: A Key Concept in the Strategic Plan:
Elon University will remain committed to environmental sustainability in the design and structure of the new residence facilities. The goal is for all new buildings in this plan to be LEED Certified.
The Colonnades geothermal project required drilling 112 holes, at 6 inches in diameter and 440 feet deep. Once drilled, a loop of high-density plastic pipe is pushed into each hole. The hole is then backfilled with gravel and grout. Water flows through the pipe from the pump house in a closed loop that never enters ground water.
In the summer, refrigerant circulated through the air conditioning system will carry away heat from the buildings and to an energy converter in the pump house. The energy converter passes the heat to the water in the closed loop well system, which then transfers the heat to the ground.
The reverse takes place in the winter. With temperatures below ground warmer than air temperatures, the heated liquid returns to the buildings to provide comfortable living space.
Elon staff members overseeing the construction project say the system will reduce the university’s consumption of fossil fuels and anticipate it paying for itself in the coming years, depending on increases in energy prices.
“But this wasn’t done solely on a payback basis,” said Neil Bromilow, director of planning, design and construction management at Elon. “This was done as an environmental priority.”