Published: Oct. 23, 2009

The University of Colorado at Boulder will host a rededication ceremony for the newly renovated Andrews Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 27, beginning at 4 p.m. The "green" residence hall is 20 percent more energy efficient, 39 percent more water efficient and home to the first participant in CU's Faculty in Residence program.

Andrews Hall houses the Engineering Honors Program and the program's director, Associate Professor Scot Douglass, lives in the hall with his wife and two daughters.

The new facility offers engineering students multiple opportunities to learn where they live, said Kambiz Khalili, executive director of Housing and Dining Services. Students experience daily faculty interaction and activities outside the classroom that relate to what is being studied inside the classroom.

"Not only is teaching enhanced, but first-year students benefit from the mentoring relationships and expectations set by upper-division students who have continued in the program," Khalili said. "This is a community of talented individuals coming together to challenge, inspire and learn from each other."

Andrews Hall features two classrooms, one faculty director's office, one staff office and six study rooms. Just over $14 million was spent on the 60,588-gross-square-foot renovation.

The rededication ceremony will include a talk by Douglass, music performed by Andrews Hall residents, tours of the residence hall and refreshments.

Andrews Hall is the second of four buildings being renovated in the Kittredge Complex and is on track to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, Gold certification.