Amid the reconstruction of East Halls, the newest building, Martin Hall, was added to the East housing area in 2018. Construction was completed this past August, just in time for move in day.
The freshmen who have the luxury of living in this brand-new building compared it to hotel living.
“My roommate and I always say that it’s like living at the Ritz-Carlton… it’s a beautiful building,” Lewis Scaliti (freshman-security and risk analysis) said.
In addition to the building’s aesthetic, Martin offers several amenities, unlike the traditional East dorms. With accessible state-of-the-art facilities, Martin Hall makes life in the dorms more convenient for students.
“We have a really nice conference room. And we’re kind of lucky, we have a nice kitchen on the first floor,” Noah Thies (freshman-criminology) said.
The spacious conference room, used to hold study sessions and group activities, is just one of the many resources Martin offers. Located in the lobby are lounge areas and a flat screen TV.
Students said they appreciate the modern kitchen.
“We have a fridge with an ice dispenser. We have a meditation room and that’s pretty cool,” Avery Belser (freshman-photojournalism) said.
In addition, there are more areas that function as positive studying environments, along with spacious laundry rooms.
“Martin has two soundproof music rooms, and one of them has a keyboard in it… We also have very nice laundry rooms, so that’s very convenient,” Andrew Santacecilia (freshman-cybersecurity analytics and operations) said.
Martin is an air-conditioned building, unlike traditional East dorms. Students who lived in Geary Hall, part of the traditional housing at East halls, have to experience life without air conditioning.
“In the summer, when we first moved in, the AC, having none of it, was really brutal at times,” Grace Tomlinson said.
Tomlinson (freshman-broadcast journalism and political science), a resident of Geary Hall, offered a different perspective that living traditional dorms also has its perks.
“I feel like it’s more homey... it feels more like the college experience,” Tomlinson said.
“I was bummed at first… you’re comparing yourself with other, newer, renovated dorms. But at the end of the day, you’re not really in your dorm a lot.”
Although a large number of students living in East Halls are not in renovated buildings, there were still several resources that provide a comfortable living experience for all. The Findlay/Johnston commons area, similar to the new buildings, has multiple study rooms, TVs and comfortable areas for students to work.