DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – Mercy College’s new 350-bed residence hall complex is officially open for business.
The new building opened its doors to students, alumni, faculty, staff, politicians, neighbors and friends of the College on Friday, Dec. 18.
At the ribbon cutting, the new residence hall’s name was also unveiled -- Hudson Hall.
Hundreds turned out for the standing-room-only event.
Mercy officials said the new residence hall will help increase student engagement on campus and build a sense of community.
The college is “doing more to help our students succeed,” said college president Tim Hall, adding that one of those things is “providing places and opportunities for them to make connections with one another.”
Along with unveiling the name “Hudson Hall,” college officials also unveiled the new name of the original residents hall, “Founders Hall.”
Many at the ceremony said they were warmed by the selection of the names, which were recommendations by the college community, and pay homage to the river that runs alongside the Dobbs Ferry Campus and the Sisters of Mercy who founded the College.
Along with the residential rooms, Hudson Hall also includes a student commons with a Starbucks Café and convenience store, Student Life Offices, and large community meeting and lounge spaces.
There are also gathering and study areas, as well an outdoor central pedestrian quad and exterior gathering areas.
The 100,000 square-foot, four-story complex has 18 six-bed suites and 57 four-bed suites.
Student Government president President Ray Woznick said the new hall will help students make more “friendships that will last a lifetime” and “get involved in groups they didn’t even know existed.”
Woznick said students were excited about the new hall.
“We have been asking for more suites, more lounges -- more Mercy really -- and we even got a Starbucks!,” he said.
Hudson Hall is a sustainable project, qualifying for NYSERDA financial incentives, college officials said.
It exceeds the state’s Energy Code requirements through features like water efficiency, using recyclable, regionally-produced materials and modern lighting efficiencies such as occupancy sensors.
A rain garden and bicycle storage contribute to the project’s sustainability, college officials said.
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