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Photos: ASU's Manzanita Hall Gets a Makeover

Manzanita Hall, as seen from University Drive
Manzanita Hall, as seen from University Drive
Melissa Fossum

Anyone who has recent memories of Arizona State University's iconic Manzanita Hall knows that the place was in desperate need of some love. The dorm rooms hadn't changed much, since they were opened to students in 1967. Before the residential hall was closed almost three years ago, the dorm rooms were cramped and dingy, the beds were uncomfortable, the elevators were slow, and the bathrooms were tiny.

This semester, ASU's incoming freshmen College of Liberal Arts and Sciences students were lucky to have the option of moving into the new and very much improved Manzy. From the outside, it doesn't look like much has changed, but upon walking into the remodeled building it's clear that Manzanita is now one of the nicer dorms on campus.

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Construction began in early 2011, transforming Manzanita into a state-of-the art dorm with space for approximately 800 students on its 14 residential floors. The building has nine different floor plans, giving approximately 56 students per floor a brand new, environmentally-sound place to live. The whole building is LEED-certified. Now the lights in the lounge areas and bathrooms all turn off after three minutes of inactivity. The old lock-and-key dorm room doors have been replaced with plastic keys that swipe to lock the doors, making it nearly impossible for students to lock themselves out.

Here's a look at the new Manzy.

Manzanita Hall's main lobby
Manzanita Hall's main lobby
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Manzy's facelift is clear upon walking into the building. The only thing that remains from the old look is the lobby's original floor.

Community computers at Manzanita Hall
Community computers at Manzanita Hall
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Down the hall from the front desk is a shared office area, which features iMacs with large screens and a conference table.

Photos: ASU's Manzanita Hall Gets a Makeover
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Manzy has quite a few community learning areas on the first floor, complete with plenty of whiteboards.

A Manzanita Hall conference room
A Manzanita Hall conference room
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This conference room locks for students' privacy.

 

A dorm room at Manzanita Hall
A dorm room at Manzanita Hall
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The building features nine floor plans on its 14 residential floors, housing approximately 800 students. Most dorms house two students per room and connect to a second room through an adjoining bathroom.The rooms are designed to give students some privacy by suspending the beds above the desks.

A dorm room at Manzanita Hall
A dorm room at Manzanita Hall
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The students are peer grouped by majors in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to enhance a community learning environment.

Manzanita Hall's new locks
Manzanita Hall's new locks
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Manzy's new keys look more like something used to get in a hotel room than a dorm.

Appliances in a Manzanita Hall dorm room
Appliances in a Manzanita Hall dorm room
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All rooms come equipped with a microwave, mini-fridge, and a locking cabinet that's large enough to house a laptop.

A dorm bathroom at Manzanita Hall
A dorm bathroom at Manzanita Hall
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The formerly cramped water closets have been expanded, looking nearly twice as large as they used to. The toilet and the shower are now pushed back to avoid some potentially awkward run-ins with suite mates.

Bathroom cabinet shelving at Manzanita Hall
Bathroom cabinet shelving at Manzanita Hall
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Plus, the bathroom medicine cabinets have lots of shelves.

 

A large lounge at Manzanita Hall
A large lounge at Manzanita Hall
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Manzanita's common areas alternate. Even floors have a large lounge with a laundry room and kitchenette. Odd floors have a smaller lounge with a conference room.

Dining area in one of Manzanita's even floor lounges.
Dining area in one of Manzanita's even floor lounges.
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The even floors also feature dishwashers. There are no stoves, as per the fire code, but students are encouraged to cook at neighboring San Pablo hall.

Manzanita Hall's laundry room
Manzanita Hall's laundry room
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Manzanita Hall's even floor lounge
Manzanita Hall's even floor lounge
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Here you can see where Manzanita's old facade ended. The two lounges are easily accessible through the building's large, open design.

Manzanita Hall's fitness center
Manzanita Hall's fitness center
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The first floor fitness center is convenient for students, bringing exercise machines much closer than the Sun Devil Fitness Center on Apache Boulevard.

 

The north side of Manzanita Hall
The north side of Manzanita Hall
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Manzanita has plenty of fitness opportunities outside, too.

Manzanita Hall volleyball court
Manzanita Hall volleyball court
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Manzanita Hall basketball court
Manzanita Hall basketball court
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Manzanita Hall
Manzanita Hall
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The faux wood finish on Manzanita's deck is actually recycled plastic, which lasts longer than wood and prevents splintered feet.

 

Manzanita Hall basement
Manzanita Hall basement
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All of the games in Manzanita Hall's basement are free to play, and there are plenty to choose from.

Photos: ASU's Manzanita Hall Gets a Makeover
Melissa Fossum
Photos: ASU's Manzanita Hall Gets a Makeover
Melissa Fossum
Photos: ASU's Manzanita Hall Gets a Makeover
Melissa Fossum

Not surprisingly, the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 are already popular choices with incoming freshmen.

Manzanita Hall's dining area
Manzanita Hall's dining area
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Manzanita's newly remodeled community dining area on the first floor is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and features a changing menu. Another sustainability initiative students will encounter is Meatless Mondays, offered among the building's typical vegetarian options.

Manzanita Hall's salad bar
Manzanita Hall's salad bar
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A glimpse at the salad bar.

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