Xavier U freshmen move in amid $18 million makeover

EVANSTON, OH (FOX19) - More than 1,000 freshman will move into Xavier University's campus Thursday.

Xavier's class of 2019 includes close to 1,200 students, the majority which will live on campus.

Students will also begin their freshman orientation.

The new students will get to experience their first year in a newly renovated campus.

Xavier's Alter Hall got an $18 million makeover that just opened last week. Alter Hall is where students take most of their classes.

Some of the new features of Alter Hall include four floors of uniquely designed classrooms and learning spaces for traditional classes,
and a home for the honors program. Alter Hall will also include natural lighting that creates a feeling of open space.

The building incorporates increased energy and water efficiency and was built to meet LEED gold building standards.

Also, improved shading and glazing for windows to reduce solar heating while providing day lighting, and a reflective roof to reduce heat retention.

Lastly, new St. Ignatius Steps that connect the Hoff Quad Plaza to the Academic Mall below. The outdoor steps will become a new gathering place for Xavier students and features a rain and bog garden along the stairs next to Alter.

Students will also see an addition of the Loyola Steps and redesigned Gallagher Student center amphitheater and Bellarmine Chapel Circle.

Click here to view photos and details of the changes to Xavier's campus.

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