University of Utah dedicates new honors housing facility

Published: Monday, Sept. 24 2012 12:10 p.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — The University of Utah Friday dedicated the Donna Garff Marriott Honors Residential Scholars Community.

The community provides apartment-style living to 309 honors students in all years of the program.

“These are not old-fashioned dorm rooms,” says Sylvia Torti, dean of the Honors College. “The buildings were designed to create a seamless living and learning environment under one roof. Student apartments, classrooms, faculty offices, a library, easy transportation access — even a market — all in one place draw together the traditionally segmented components of campus life."

The complex is located on the eastern side of campus, at the hub of expanding activity on the U.’s 1,500-acre campus. It is adjacent to the TRAX light rail station.

The living quarters are four- or eight-person apartments. The apartment wing is private, but the building entry and the amenities on the first floor are open to everyone on campus. The lobby is open and staffed by students 24 hours a day offering a market with groceries, snacks, prepared meals, a coffee shop and lounge areas for studying.

The building also incorporates many green and sustainable features.

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