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USC women's quad renovation completed in time for move-in day

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

The women's quad at the University of South Carolina is complete and has officially re-opened to students for the school year. Sims College, McClintock, and Wade Hampton residence halls received $29.2 million in additions and renovations.

Their original outside look has remained the same, but inside everything has a much more modern look. Each dorm room has lofted beds, a bathroom, and wardrobes with dry erase boards.

Keys are a thing of the past for these new dorms as all of the rooms have their own keypads.

"They don't have keys anymore, so Carolina cards are an essential thing," said senior Tempest Bouknight-Davis. "You just put your card up to the door and you type in your pin number, a lot of people aren't used to that even with our other residence halls."

There are also several sustainability characteristics throughout the Quad. Water fountains have an area that encourages students to fill up their water bottles, and the laundry facilities are made to conserve water. Dual flush toilets and low flow faucets will also help with water conservation.

The design of the buildings are expected to have 16 percent less energy consumption, allowing in a lot of natural light and energy recovery units to reduce humidity by bringing in outside air. 

Common areas throughout the buildings include television rooms, classrooms, and a garden terrace.

"So students get to move in to a beautiful place like this, really their new home, and it's a learning community so it's not just about a place to lay down and talk to friends but a place to accelerate the learning that's going on while you are a student and our goal is to get you graduated in 4 years," said USC's Gene Luna.

The buildings are also going to be stacked with staff, including a live in residence coordinator, 21 resident mentors, and around-the-clock desk security.

Several women have already moved in for sorority recruitment. Mors students will be moving in Friday and all next week. The official move-in day campus wide is Aug. 20.

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