The newest addition to the residential facilities at CSB, Centennial Commons opened for business with the 2012-2013 school.
Centennial Commons Facts
Location: College of Saint Benedict, 300 College Ave. S., St. Joseph.
Dedication: Friday, Sept. 28, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Description: Two-story, townhome style housing for 124 students and one full-time residence director. Each fully furnished apartment accommodates four students and includes four bedrooms, two bathrooms, laundry, living room, kitchen and front porch. The housing complex also includes a Commons Building that provides the community with gathering space, study rooms, computer lab, kitchen and a multi-purpose room.
Cost with furnishings: $9,244,000.00
Total square footage: 52,167
Commons Building: 4,423
Townhomes: 1,492 per unit; 11,936 per building
Architect: DLR and Associates (Minneapolis)
General contractor: Sand Companies Incorporated (Waite Park)
The building is being built to "meet the standards of at least silver certification" in LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) classification, according to Judy Purman, CSB's director of sustainability.
The complex is being built to a 100-year life and the design engineering is as efficient as possible - high efficiency windows and furnace, natural daylight harvesting, low-flow plumbing, exterior LED light fixtures, etc. There will also be native plantings that will hopefully cut back on the need for turf, Purman explained.
"Also, we will 'source locally' and choose vendors as close to Saint Ben's as possible for wood, furniture, carpeting," she noted. The interior materials, such as carpet, will have highly recycled content.