Details revealed about Northeast Triangle Dorm rooms and living spaces

Representatives from the University and Sasaki Associates architectural firm held a presentation Wednesday night with updates on the Northeast Triangle Dorm design (again). The presentation showed fine-tuned room designs and offered more insight into how visitors and residents will utilize the building’s public spaces, and Vox thinks some of it actually looks kinda nifty.

The architects placed a lot of emphasis on the available “hangout space” in the proposed dorm. In fact, the representatives from Sasaki mentioned spaces dedicated to “hanging out” in almost every part of their presentation, even the laundry rooms. Some floors even have “contemplative space” in addition to this hang out space.

Most of these spaces, however, are common rooms on each floor and do not refer to hangout spaces in the dorm suites themselves. The typical four-person room or “semi-suite” contains two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a small anteroom. The anteroom is not a common space but instead a very small entrance area that leads to the other rooms.

In addition to the semi-suites, there a few specialized rooms scattered throughout the building. The fourth, sixth, and eighth floors of the building each have one apartment style room intended for GU faculty. Each floor also has a specialized single for its RA, some of which are connected to a double in the suite. Vox guesses those two students won’t be hosting too many freshman pre-games.

The laundry rooms, which will have large windows and desk areas for homework, overlook the Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School and provide even more fun “hangout space.”

Another unique feature of the Northeast Triangle is the rooms’ keyless entry system. Instead of keys, residents will use their GOCards to access the bedrooms, elevators, and front doors. There’s also a fireplace lounge that greets students at one of the two entrances.

The building is anchored on both ends by stone towers filled with brick in between, which Sasaki has designed to absorb and mitigate noise. Most noises will not travel far through the building. “Unless you’re really blasting B.O.B.,” as Sasaki architect Vinicius Gorgati put it.

Over the next few weeks, the University and architects will seek approval of the dorm from the Old Georgetown Board. If approved, the dorm will be on track to start its projected 16 month construction period next fall. Unfortunately for residents living near the construction site, construction on the Northeast Triangle Dorm take place at 8:00 a.m., just like the New South Student Center according to Vice President for Planning and Facilities Robin Morey.

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