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Ireland House, the first building in Old Dominion University's highly anticipated new Quad Residence Halls, will open this week with a dedication by former president of Ireland Mary Robinson at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10.

The $22 million building will open to its new resident students Thursday, marking a significant advancement in Old Dominion's shift toward a more residential campus.

Nestled between Webb University Center and the Health and Physical Education Building in the heart of campus, the Quad Residence Halls will eventually house 900 students in four buildings, surrounded by grassy common areas and activity spaces. It will be open to upperclassmen who are members of university recognized organizations, athletic teams and fraternities and sororities.

Ireland House is a four-story, 65,000-square-foot building that features 204 beds in a suite-type setting. The new hall has a predominance of single rooms and also offers the university's first deluxe single rooms, which have walk-in closets or are larger than traditional single rooms. The upper floors feature kitchenettes, laundry rooms, study rooms and a student lounge. The entire building is wireless and also has hard-wired connections.

A second building with essentially the same design and square footage is scheduled for completion mid-December. The remaining two buildings are scheduled for completion in August 2008. A fifth building, which will house components of University College in an effort to further integrate academic space with residential space, is also being considered.

This article was posted on: October 6, 2006

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