William Paterson University opened the doors to a new suite-style residence hall Thursday.
The 90,000-square-foot Skyline Hall – named for the views it affords of the New York City skyline – provides numerous open spaces with natural light, as well as community areas that include a modern, oversized kitchen; social lounges with televisions and gaming areas; group and private study areas; a meeting room; and a classroom. Residents of Skyline Hall live in two bedrooms with a shared bathroom.
“Skyline Hall was designed to enhance students’ overall community building as well as their academic success,” William Paterson University President Richard Helldobler said. “Programming such as facilitated group study sessions, and skill building and success workshops will take place in the building throughout the academic year. We strive to create an environment where residents will be comfortable working together both socially and academically, inside and outside of the classroom.”
Skyline Hall was designed by architecture firm Clarke Caton Hintz of Trenton and built by general contractors of the Wayne-based Dobco Inc. The construction project was managed by Gilbane Building Co. of Newark. With Skyline Hall, William Paterson University has 10 residence halls on campus.
The five-floor, 282-bed facility boasts the latest in environmentally friendly and high-efficiency equipment.
All paint in the building is low- or zero- volatile organic compound, as are adhesives for carpeting. Hard-surface floors are made of materials that require no waxing or stripping – eliminating a need for harsh chemicals. Energy-efficient windows and LED lighting are installed throughout, and each floor has its own recycling-sorting chutes to keep recyclable items appropriately separated as they travel to compactors.
On the technology side, laundry facilities are synced to a mobile app that alerts students when their clothes are clean and dry.