EWU debuts new 354-student dorm

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on September 20, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 20 at 5:20 PM

CHENEY, Wash. -- Eastern Washington University opened its first new residence hall in four decades on Friday. Students will be moving into the new facility as part of the university's move-in weekend. The facility is so new that the university hasn't chosen a name for it yet.

"It looks really nice," said Jessica Basta, a freshman at EWU. "The bathrooms are really nice, there's a lot of storage."

Jessica was moving into the facility with the help of her mother Mary Friday afternoon.

"I think this dorm is awesome," Mary Basta said. "I'm really glad they build it, because some of the other dorms are getting older."

The state-of-the-art building includes environmentally-friendly lighting and landscaping, Wi-Fi, social lounges and community rooms, and laundry facilities that connect to cell phones.

The goal of the facility is to create a more social experience for students.

"It's the, in our opinion, best new residence hall in the Northwest," said Josh Ashcroft, EWU's Chief Housing Director.

The new facilities holds 354 students and the university intends for it to be the residential hub of campus.

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