Campus community FAQs
All roads on campus are open to regular traffic. Periodically, some street closures or partial closures will be necessary. The campus community will notified in advance of any such closures. Campus maps and directions can be found here.
For more information about living on campus, please visit the University Residences and Campus Dining Office at http://www.wou.edu/student/residences. First year students who enroll within a year of high school graduation must live on campus for the full academic year, unless an exception is granted. There are several residence hall facilities on campus and a number of themed halls available for placement.
The Leadership in Engergy & Environment Design (LEED) Certification, within the U.S. Green Building Council, is a green building certification program operated as a third-party verification to the energy efficiency of buildings and communities. LEED Certification can be achieved in silver, gold, or platinum.
Ackerman Hall has certified as LEED Platinum. The Health and Wellness Center is targeting gold certification (expected June 2014).
The live-learn facility features a rainwater storage and harvest system that is used for toilet flushing, including low-flow plumbing fixtures. Increased insulation, solar hot water, solar heat collectors and solar thermal panels will help to reduce energy costs. Each resident's room has low- and high-use electrical outlets so that when no one is in the room, the lights and items plugged into the low-use outlets will turn off. This is for items not used as frequently such as iPod chargers or printers.
Sustainable features of the new building include stormwater runoff treatment, natural ventilation and excellent exterior thermal performance. Old P.E. has a new cooling system provided by chilled beams and new energy efficient lighting. The natatorium was renovated with new pool equipment and the introduction of a heat recovery unit that extracts energy off the exhaust air which is used to preheat the incoming fresh air. Low flow faucets and showerheads, as well as dual-flush toilets reduce water consumption in the building by at least 40 percent. An integrated building design utilizing a highly efficient building envelope, and a combination of displacement ventilation and natural ventilation, will yield more than 20 percent energy efficiency over code. Extensive daylighting and automatic window shading are also employed throughout the building to maximize solar heat gain, and increase user comfort.
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