Each suite includes a living room with its own wall-mounted 42-inch flat screen TV.
A wall-mounted 42-inch flat screen TV in the living room, a queen-sized bed in each bedroom and an in-suite washer and dryer are just some of the features students will find waiting for them as they move in to the new South Donahue Residence Hall this semester.
The 245,000-square-foot facility will house 418 undergraduate students; 49 percent of the residents are student-athletes and 51 percent are students ranging from incoming freshmen to seniors. The building's units include two-bedroom suites with private baths, a living room and kitchenette. There also are a limited number of four-bedroom, two-bathroom suites and a convenience store located on the first floor.
Along with the TV, washer and dryer, and queen-sized beds, the suites feature quartz countertops and tiled bathrooms and showers.
Director of Housing Kim Trupp said a positive residential experience promotes students' overall wellness and mental health.
"If you're comfortable and you feel good about where you live, then you can focus more on your academics," she said. "I think once we occupy this building and the word gets out about what it's like to live here, we will not ever have a problem filling it."
Two-bedroom suites include private baths and queen-sized beds.
The new residence hall sits in the heart of the athletic complex and just across from the new Recreation and Wellness Center, which will open later this month. Crews are still working on the landscaping and the completion of remaining finishes and furniture installations in preparation for the start of the semester.
"Some of the outside amenities include a lovely courtyard where students will just love playing and relaxing and socializing," Trupp said. "We'll have amphitheater-style seating where staff who will be living in the building can conduct programs; there will be concrete ping pong tables and nice, relaxing grassy outdoor areas all around. On one side of the building, students can even watch Auburn Baseball games from their rooms."
An in-suite washer and dryer is just one of the many convenient features of the units in the new residence hall.
The hall also will house nine resident advisors, a hall director and other staff who provide programs and activities for residents to help connect them to the community.
"When you're living on campus, we like to provide what we call a co-curricular experience, where you have all that time outside of the classroom to get involved with so much, but there are also times when you need to be studying and obviously focusing on your academics," Trupp said. "We strive to develop an atmosphere of community living that will help students grow both personally and academically."
South Donahue Hall replaces Sewell Hall, which was built in the early 1960s and served as a residence hall and dining facility.
— By Carol Nelson and Kevin Fichtner, Office of Communications & Marketing
Last Updated: Aug. 5, 2013