North Central College - Naperville, IL

Live where you work out, work out where you live

Live where you work out, work out where you live

Ryan Armstrong is thrilled he has the chance to spend his senior year living in the newly opened Residence Hall/Recreation Center (“Res/Rec”). “It’s not only the newest residence hall on campus, it’s also going to be so convenient for working out.”

Armstrong has been a member of the College’s track and field team, specializing in discus, shot put and hammer throw. The promise of a weight room and other fitness facilities in the building made the decision about where to live a slam dunk. “Having those facilities adjacent to where you live is a big advantage,” adds Armstrong, who was one of the first residents to move in.

North Central’s newest residential living facility will primarily serve upperclass students and about half the occupants are student-athletes. The design of the home-like living area groups student rooms into 17 different neighborhoods or lounges, each with a common room, study area, bathroom and laundry facility. Noise is reduced through the use of hallways and soundproof walls between the rooms, living areas and the recreational facilities.

Another cool aspect of this building is its environmentally friendly design, which is on track to earn a special Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. For example, it’s one of the largest buildings in the Midwest to be heated and cooled using a geothermal system. And it will consume 21 percent less energy, thanks to innovative mechanical systems and construction methods. Many of the construction materials consisted of at least 20 percent recycled products. At least 75 percent of the construction debris was recycled rather than sent to landfills. Landscape materials were used that will not require an irrigation system.

At the dedication scheduled for Homecoming weekend Oct. 23–25, the 200-meter indoor track will be named in honor of legendary North Central men’s cross country and track and field coach Al Carius. A history gallery of the cross country and track and field programs will be named in honor of another longtime coach, Frank Gramarosso.

It’s a one-of-a-kind building that’s sure to become a well-loved home away from home.