Iowa College Plans Dorm Renovation to Maximize Energy Efficiency

Iowa College
Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa, April 9, 2015

Dimmitt Hall is the largest residence hall on campus at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. This summer, Morningside College will complete a $14 million “extreme-makeover” renovation to Dimmitt Hall, preserving the history of the building while at the same time modernizing the facility to meet the needs of today’s students. The renovation will begin in the days following commencement and will be completed before students return in August. It will address energy efficiency and will offer students more individual control over their energy consumption.

The 88-year-old building served as Morningside’s only residence hall for decades, and it remains home to 400 students–almost half of the students currently living on campus. The plan includes an update of the building’s mechanical and electrical systems, the first major upgrade to these systems in many years. The building will go from having no air conditioning to being completely air conditioned, and residents will have much more control over the heating and cooling system in their individual dorm rooms. Overall the goal is to save energy while making students more comfortable in their own rooms, temperature-wise.

Today’s students also use more power than students of the past. They have computers, TVs, gaming boxes, and other devices for entertainment, communication and learning. The renovation will address challenges of electricity use to reduce the amount of energy consumed, particularly while these devices are not in use. Improvements to the exterior of the building will include new windows and doors, a new roofing system, and additional insulation, among other things. These improvements will also help significantly with energy efficiency.

Morningside College is a private, four-year college that enrolls nearly 1,300 full-time students. Dimmitt Hall’s renovation complements the energy conservation efforts of several state universities in Iowa that are consolidating classroom usage for summer courses to cut down on cooling needs.