VOL.10 NO. 4      SPRING 2001

Photos by Brad Nelson

In August the first student occupants of the U ’s new residential living space on the grounds of Ft. Douglas unloaded clothes, computers, and class schedules in never-before-used rooms. With rooms for 2,500 students, Heritage Commons, a “living/learning” facility, replaces the original residence halls (Austin, Ballif, nd Van Cott Halls) with state-of-the-art academic and living spaces (Chapel Glen,Gateway Heights, Sage Point, Benchmark Plaza, and Shoreline Ridge). The living complexes surround a central building that houses a dining facility,computer lab, billiard and video room, music rooms, conference space, bookstore, and copy center. Selected classes are taught at Heritage Commons for residents and nonresidents, and tutors, study areas, and an athletes’ instructional table are available, as well.

Double suites accommodate four students in two rooms, while single suite holders have their own rooms and share a bathroom with a neighbor. Maike Davis and Katie Martinez (below, left) live in adjoining double rooms, each with a roommate. Davis, an East High graduate, wanted to live away from home, she says, "so I could meet more people. Plus, I like being so close to school—no driving! I take the shuttle to class." Martinez, a sophomore from Park City, wants to live on campus again next year, perhaps in a deluxe suite, which comes with a living room. A year from now, Heritage Commons will house athletes and officials during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games and the Paralympic Games.

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