Tall, light-flooded windows and exposed timber are modern exterior features that distinguish the new residence hall, located on Stadium Drive, from its counterparts up the hill. Inside, students have access to study rooms, lounges, creative spaces and an indoor amphitheater.

Adohi Hall houses 708 students and was completed Aug. 12, allowing residents going through Panhellenic recruitment to move in on time. Adohi is a Cherokee word that means “from the woods,” according to University Housing. 

Freshman Tamia White said that the rooms in Adohi Hall are big and spacious. White is one of the first residents to live in Adohi Hall and is glad that she will not have to be cautious about contracting any germs that would have been left over by previous residents, she said. 

Adohi Hall residents have encountered obstacles like the elevator breaking down. Freshman Alex McNamee was stuck in the elevator for an hour, he said. McNamee lives on the sixth floor and has been taking the stairs because of the unreliability of the elevator. 

Florence Johnson, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Housing, said the elevator never fell, but it could have given residents the sensation of dropping.

Freshman Chase McCarver had no initial expectations of his new dorm, but was pleasantly surprised when he moved in, Mccarver said.

“I had seen a couple of pictures, but I didn't have an idea of what it was supposed to look like, and it’s definitely better than what I was expecting,” McCarver said. “It’s very nice.”

McCarver’s room has high ceilings that make the room feel bigger, he said.

“My ceiling is probably a couple inches taller than anybody else's that I've ever seen, and I have plenty of room in there,” McCarver said. “I can mount my bed to the highest point, and it's still not even close to the ceiling.”

A feature that is not yet completed, but that McCarver is looking forward to, is called the Cabin, he said. The Cabin will be a large lounge area with TVs and plenty of room to hang out, he said.

There are also designated study spaces located at every fourth room, giving residents a multitude of places to hang out or study, McCarver said.

The Makerspace features performance spaces, recording studios, a dance studio and rooms designed for creating and building, according to Adohi Hall.

Adohi Hall also features soundproof music rooms and a rooftop garden that connects two buildings together, McCarver said.

“It’s just a little walkway where it has plants on the floor and it connects to the third floor of the other building,” McCarver said. “So you can walk through without having to walk down and back up.”

The dorm offers plenty of features that set it apart, so the construction of the landscaping has not been a problem, McCarver said.

Workers will not complete landscaping until middle or late September, Johnson said, because flooding affected sod on the property.

Another design element that required extra planning was the cross-laminated timber, she said.

“The only thing that was unusual was working with cross-laminated timber,” Johnson said. “There’s not a lot of experience working with it in the U.S. It’s a whole different process.”

Even with the landscaping still in progress, White has not woken up to any disturbances related to construction, she said. 

White thinks that living at Adohi Hall makes for an easy transition into college life, she said.

Abby Zimmardi is a staff reporter for the Arkansas Traveler, where she has been a staff reporter since April 2019.

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