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Wayland has been transformed into a hall for the arts, a true living and learning center where students in the Visual and Performing Arts Community will reside, practice, perform and display their art.  The ground floor is filled with art-centered spaces including a studio filled with easels, natural light and access to the outdoor terrace. Two sound-insulated practice rooms with excellent acoustics can accommodate a quartet or quintet.

Grand piano in Wayland Hall performing space Wayland Hall's Performance Hall, seating capacity of 100 

Maggie Evans, director of residence life, said the building was completely gutted during the renovation. "We spent a lot of time in the design phase talking to students," she said. The inside of the building changed dramatically, including bedroom size, bathroom locations, lounge areas and study rooms.

Moreover, the incredible attention in the redesign to creating a more sustainable living environment makes it the perfect place to house Madison Eco, the learning community focused on environmental issues. Wayland Hall is the first renovated residence hall in the country to receive the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum award. The U.S. Green Building Council awarded the renovation of Wayland Hall the platinum certification, the highest LEED certification status, on Jan. 11, 2011.

Furniture that moves, huge wipe boards in the study lounges, thermostats in each room and a full kitchen on the ground floor will help students feel at home. "We created spaces that are meaningful and purposeful for the students," said Evans.

Wayland Hall's Laundry, Kitchen, and Recreation area
Wayland Hall's Laundry, Kitchen, and Recreation Area

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