The University of Arkansas aptly named its new residence complex to honor the Cherokee word for “woods.” Redefining university housing, Adohi Hall has received recognition as the United States’ largest Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) Building and first large-scale mass timber residence hall and living-learning facility. The project totals 202,027 square feet, housing 708 beds as well as live/learn areas that include lounges, a rooftop terrace, recording studios, and performance spaces. The five-story hall weaves through a nature-rich site, providing students with courtyards to gather and enjoy the native trees and vegetation.
With the completion of this project, the University of Arkansas boldly exemplified a commitment to its sustainable initiative and the campus’s future ambitions. Entegrity was contracted by Modus Studio to provide energy modeling and sustainability consulting for the project’s design. Our sustainability team also aided the project through construction and operation, beginning with diverting 1,390 tons of construction waste from landfills. Adohi Hall’s final statistics were impressive: compared to the operation of a similar residence hall without green initiatives, the project reduced its carbon footprint by more than a million pounds of carbon dioxide in just the first year. Annually, conservation measures will save 3.5 million gallons of water and reduce the hall’s utility bill by over $45,000.