Renovated Ball State Dorm Offers Green Living


The EZH2O fills a 16-ounce water bottle in about six seconds. “The units are hands free,” Savoni said. “You don’t have to touch them. You put the bottle down in front of a sensor that activates it. The United States goes through 50 billion water bottles a year. Thirty-eight billion end up in waste.”

Grace Morris, organizer of Corporate Accountability International’s “Think Outside the Bottle” campaign, told The Star Press, “It’s exciting when a university like Ball State takes action to promote tap water and challenges the marketing claims of the bottled water industry and its attempt to change water from a basic human right and public resource to a commodity.”

The reconstruction of Studebaker East reflects the university’s commitment to improving the environment; increasing the number of international students to make the campus more vibrant and diverse; and to improving the quality of life on campus, Kay Bales, vice president for student affairs, said at a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

That’s why Studebaker East includes the university’s first revolving door.

Fifteen percent of the energy used at the typical BSU residence hall “goes out the front doors” when students come and go in cold weather, said Alan Hargrave, director of housing and residence life.

“In DeHority (Complex, which was renovated three years ago), as much traffic in and out as we have, we can’t pump in enough heat to keep it comfortable,” Hargrave said. “This gave me a whole new perspective on revolving doors at hotels. It’s not just a cool thing. Getting students to use the revolving door will be a huge savings.”

Besides water and energy use, other aspects Ball State addressed to get Studebaker East LEED certified included buying construction materials close to home, recycling demolition waste, maintenance programs, and allowing the new carpet time to off-gas before occupying the building. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

The project’s architects attending the ribbon cutting told The Star Press a double room in Studebaker contains 216 square feet, which they called ‘pretty average’ for a residence hall.

Hargrave said the rooms might appear smaller because the ceilings are relatively low. To offset the lower ceilings, the dorm rooms include floor to ceiling windows.

Past surveys of BSU students found that they want more natural light and artificial light in residence halls and more living-learning space to provide “more of a community feeling,” Hargrave said.

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