Ayres Hall will open in August 2016 as a co-ed residence for a mix of first-year students and upperclassmen. Ayres Hall was named in recognition of Robert Moss Ayres Jr., C'49, former Vice-Chancellor of the university. The new hall stands on the former location of Van Ness hall on Alabama Ave.; the first floor common room fireplace is built from stones repurposed from the Van Ness exterior.
Ayres is home to 114 students living in double and single rooms. Each wing has two hall baths and each floor has one single use bath. The closets, built in the wall, are without doors; many students choose to bring a four-foot tension rod to hang a curtain. All rooms are carpeted and windows are furnished with blinds.
Average Room Dimensions: double: 11'6" wide x 17' deep
Room Furnishings (based on a double occupancy room):
- Two Twin beds with approximately 14 inches of storage space under each bed
- Two built-in closets with a rod for hanging clothes and shelving above for extra storage (closets do not have doors)
- Two chests of drawers
- Two desks with chairs
- One room phone and two Ethernet ports
There is a common room on the first and third floors that contains comfortable seating. The third floor common room has cable television. The residence hall kitchen, furnished with stove, oven, microwave, refrigerator, and sink, is located on the first floor. There is a study room on each wing of each floor. Laundry machines and indoor bike storage are located on the first floor. Ayres also has a back patio and grill. Ayres Hall is air-conditioned.