Fact Sheet on Duren Hall

Almetris Marsh Duren (1910-2000)

Resident Features

  • "Azteca" Seneca Quarry Tile flooring in Lobby and First Floor Common Areas
  • Four bronze commemorative Texas floor medallions
  • Exposed red oak wood beams and Texas heritage furniture in Formal Lounge
  • Study/lounge space on each floor
  • Card swipe system to access the living areas
  • Video surveillance system for exterior doors and elevator lobbies
  • Game room and exercise room adjacent to the large laundry
  • 24-hour desk with ability to monitor access system and video surveillance system
  • Individual room thermostats
  • Average RA to student ratio 1:48
  • Multipurpose Room
  • Private courtyard framed around century old Live Oak
  • Academic year rates comparable to San Jacinto Hall


Physical Features

$50 million total project cost
Cost per bed: $85,034
Cost per square foot: $286
Room Size: 260 Square feet Total;
175 Square feet Living area
Begin: May 2005
Opening: January 2007
Architect: Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects
Construction Manager: Hensel Phelps Construction Co.
Winner-Austin Associated General Contractor's 2006 Outstanding Construction Award

588 beds
Double occupancy rooms with private bathrooms
Data and cable connections in each room
Wireless access
Building Size: 175,000 Gross Square Feet
Terra Cotta Ludowici Spanish Tile Roof
Energy code compliant with heat wheel recovery system
Combination of double duct and fan coil HVAC System
Forest-friendly tropical hardwood soffit (IPE)
Hand hewed Texas native wood study tables

Almetris Duren Sustainability Initiatives


  • Controlled erosion and sedimentation to reduce negative impacts on water and air quality
  • Selected a site that did not include sensitive environmental elements and designed a building footprint with stacked floors to minimize the site impact
  • Built on a site adjacent to commuter bus lines and future planned light rail line to support reduction of pollution and land development impacts from automobile use
  • Minimized parking opportunities by use of adjacent shared parking structures
  • Conserved existing trees reducing site disturbance
  • Limited disruption and pollution of natural water flows by managing storm water runoff

Energy & Atmosphere

  • Designed the building envelope and systems to maximize energy performance, meeting ASHRAE 90.1 and the State Energy Code
  • Specified HVAC equipmentthat uses no CFC refrigerants
  • Connected to and utilized the existing campus central plant
  • Capture of HVAC systems condensate water for reuse
  • Use of a Total Energy Heat Recovery Wheel to recover energy from exhaust air
  • Use of lighting controls for energy efficiency
  • Use of high efficiency motors and variable speed control pumps
  • Use of low pressure loss duct systems
  • Incorporation of mechanical controls for energy efficiencies

Materials & Resources

  • Designated area for recyclable collection
  • Useof regional materials including brick, caststone and concrete
  • Designated area for recyclable collection

Indoor Environmental Quality

  • Compliance with ASHRAE 62 code for acceptable indoor air quality requirements
  • Designed HVAC systems with carbondioxide monitoring sensors
  • Designed HVAC system and building envelope to optimize air change effectiveness
  • Specified Low-Emitting Materials such as sealants, adhesives, paint and carpet
  • Complied with ASHRAE 55 code, providing thermally comfortable environments that support the productivity and well-being of building occupants
  • Provided for the building occupants a connection between indoor spaces and the outdoors through the introduction of daylight and views into regularly occupied areas of the building

Innovation in Design

  • Principal participants of the project team have successfully completed the LEED Accredited Professional exam
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