This post was written by Hatchet reporter Natalie Maher.
With three semesters left until the opening of GW’s newest residence hall, details on how District House’s interior will look have started to come together.
Director of GW Housing Programs Seth Weinshel told students at Monday night’s Student Association Senate meeting that the newly built affinity units will have suite-style rooms and “significantly sized” dining and living spaces, which were designed to be large enough to host student organization meetings and free up student space across campus.
“Groups will no longer need to reserve space in Marvin. They now have space in their own home,” Weinshel said.
There will be seven units for registered student groups of 16 members and seven units for groups with 20 members. Rooms within the affinity spaces will also have their own free washer and dryer units.
Applications for affinity housing space in the building will open up within the next year, Weinshel said.
District House will be the second-largest residence hall on campus. The building, which will house about 850 sophomores and juniors, is set to open in fall 2016.
Rooms were designed to include splashes of color throughout – a decision Weinshel said was made after meetings with senators and other student leaders, who noted that dorms have a tendency to be “colorless and boring.”
Depending on an affinity’s floor, the rooms will have an orange, yellow, green or blue color scheme. Doors will be painted with the floor’s respective color, and there will be smaller color accents throughout, like in a room’s kitchen backsplash or living room rug, Weinshel said.
There will be five dining venues in the dorm’s basement, similar to the setup in Shenkman Hall. Weinshel said GW will not know which vendors will move into the space until about six months before the building’s opening.
In addition to the affinity spaces, the building will also have apartment-style rooms with two bedrooms and bathrooms, a kitchen and a living room, which will cost $14,240, Weinshel said. That number is based on the current cost for Shenkman doubles, he said.
There will also be “efficiency-style” rooms in the building that will look similar to doubles in Munson Hall, which have a kitchenette and bathroom.