Chesapeake Hall

Chesapeake Hall

Chesapeake Hall is composed of two wings, each with five floors. Most rooms are located on a corridor with community baths. There are several suites of rooms with two students per room sharing a bath with another double room. Residents are responsible for the cleanliness of bathrooms that are not accessible from a common hallway.

Each wing of the hall contains study lounges, TV lounges, a kitchen, a storage room, elevators and a laundry facility.  Wireless Internet access is available throughout the entire building.

A typical room in Chesapeake Hall has:

  • Two XL twin loft beds with innerspring mattresses:
    • Adjustable loft beds; underneath clearance up to 55"
    • Permanent Triples: Adjustable loft beds; underneath clearance up to 55"
  • Two individual desks with chairs
  • Two built-in closets with top storage
  • Two chests of drawers
  • Fluorescent/LED lighting
  • Mini blinds or roller shades
  • Wireless Internet
  • TV cable hookup
  • Tiled floors
  • Drywalls and/or cinderblock walls:
    • Drywalls - push pins or thumb tacks recommended
    • Cinderblock walls - white poster putty or command strips recommended
  • This building is air-conditioned
  • Room Contents Key

Room Specs:

Typical Chesapeake Double with Suite Bathroom

  • Room Size: 11'7" x 12'
  • Window Size: 4'4" x 4'8"
  • Ceiling Height: 9'3" 

Typical Chesapeake Double with Hall Bathroom

  • Room Size: 11'7" x 15'6"
  • Window Size: 4'4" x 4'8"
  • Ceiling Height: 9'3"

 Cooling/Heating Instructions

  • This building will automatically switch between heating and cooling based on the outside air temperature. The outside temperature will need to be in the mid to low 50s for this change to occur. With this building, it is possible for the heat to be on at night and for cooling to be on during the day.

History

Chesapeake Hall was built in 1999 and was named after the Chesapeake Bay.

Chandler Hall

Potomac Hall

Chandler Hall is composed of two wings, each with five floors. Most rooms are located on a corridor with community baths. There are several suites of rooms with two students per room sharing a bath with another double room. Residents are responsible for the cleanliness of bathrooms that are not accessible from a common hallway.

Each wing of the hall contains study lounges, TV lounges, a kitchen, a storage room, elevators and a laundry facility.  Wireless Internet access is available throughout the entire building.

A typical room in Chandler Hall has:

  • Two XL twin loft beds with innerspring mattresses
    • Adjustable loft beds; underneath clearance up to 55"
  • Two individual desks with chairs
  • Two closets with top storage
  • Two chests of drawers
  • Fluorescent/LED lighting
  • Mini blinds or roller shades
  • Wireless Internet
  • TV cable hookup
  • Tiled floors
  • Drywalls and/or cinderblock walls
    • Drywalls - push pins or thumb tacks recommended
    • Cinderblock walls - white poster putty or command strips recommended
  • This building is air-conditioned
  • Room Contents Key

Room Specs:

Typical Chandler Double with Suite Bathroom

  • Room Size: 11'7" x 12'
  • Window Size: 4'4" x 4'8"
  • Ceiling Height: 9'3" 

Typical Chandler Double with Hall Bathroom

  • Room Size: 11'7" x 15'6"
  • Window Size:4'4" x 4'8"
  • Ceiling Height: 9'3"

Cooling/Heating Instructions

  • This building will automatically switch between heating and cooling based on the outside air temperature. The outside temperature will need to be in the mid to low 50s for this change to occur. With this building, it is possible for the heat to be on at night and for cooling to be on during the day.

History

Chandler Hall is name for Wallace L. Chandler of Richmond, a former rector for the JMU Board of Visitors. Chandler Hall was completed in 1998.

Shenandoah Hall

Shenandoah Hall

Shenandoah Hall is composed of two wings, each with five floors. Rooms are located on a corridor with community baths. Each community bath is cleaned by housekeeping staff on a regular basis. Shenandoah Hall also houses the Honors Living and Learning Center.

Each wing of the hall contains study lounges, TV lounges, a kitchen, a storage room, elevators and a laundry facility.  Wireless Internet access is available throughout the entire building.

A typical room in Shenandoah Hall has:

  • Two XL twin beds with innerspring mattresses
    • Bunkable and height adjustable; underneath clearance: 5" to 28"
  • Two individual desks with chairs
  • Two built-in closets with top storage
  • Two chests of drawers
  • Fluorescent/LED lighting
  • Roller shades
  • Wireless Internet
  • TV cable hookup
  • Tiled floors
  • Drywalls and/or cinderblock walls
    • Drywalls - push pins or thumb tack recommended
    • Cinderblock walls - white poster putty or command strips recommended
  • This building is air-conditioned
  • Room Contents Key

Room Specs

  • Room Size: 11'7" x 15'6"
  • Window Size:4'4" x 4'8"
  • Ceiling Height: 9'3"

Cooling/Heating Instructions

  • This building will automatically switch between heating and cooling based on the outside air temperature. The outside temperature will need to be in the mid to low 50s for this change to occur. With this building, it is possible for the heat to be on at night and for cooling to be on during the day.

History

Shenandoah Hall was completed in 2009 and is named after the Shenandoah River.

Paul Jennings Hall

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Paul Jennings Hall has 500 beds and houses both new and continuing students. The layout of the hall allows us to create both upperclass and first-year communities throughout. The hall has quite a few features that we are very excited about. 

On the first floor there is a Learning Commons and a Great Room. The Learning Commons is partially based on what we have seen be successful in the Student Success Center. We created an open space with a variety of seating options and access to WiFi that we hope residents of the building will use for studying, group meetings, etc. The Great Room serves as the central community room with space for over 200 people. We hope to hold a variety of larger scale programs in this space. 

We've also worked with Aramark to have a P.O.D. operation on the main level. This gives residents a “grab and go” dining option right in their building. 

Finally, we are introduced a new bathroom concept in this hall that we think residents will be very excited about. While all of the bathrooms are community based, each is actually comprised of a number of smaller private bathrooms. Each of these has its own sink, shower and commode inside an actual room; not a stall.  This allows each user to have true privacy as they use the facilities but maintains the community based feel and allows our excellent housekeeping staff to help maintain the cleanliness of the bathrooms. 

A typical room in Paul Jennings Hall has:

  • Two XL twin beds with innerspring mattresses
    • Bed height adjustable, underneath clearance up to 55”
  • Two individual desks with chairs
  • Two sets of pedestal desk drawers
  • Two free standing wardrobes
  • Two sets of dresser drawers
  • Dimmable LED lighting
  • Room darkening roller shades
  • Wireless and hardwired internet
  • TV cable connection
  • Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) floor planks
  • Drywall - push pins/thumb tacks recommended
  • The building is completely air conditioned 
  • Room Contents Key 

Room Specs for a Typical Double Room

  • Room Size: 11'4" x 16'

Cooling/Heating Instructions

  • This building will automatically switch between heating and cooling based on the outside air temperature. The outside temperature will need to be in the mid to low 50s for this change to occur. With this building, it is possible for the heat to be on at night and for cooling to be on during the day.

History

This hall is named after Paul Jennings, President James Madison's enslaved personal servant. This hall was completed in 2019. 

"Jennings' story is one of relentless perseverance, being born into slavery but ending his life as a devoted father, property owner, abolitionist and respected community member. His story is intellectually engaging, inspirational and important to know to have a more complete and honest understanding of our shared history. I hope that the generations to come will reflect on his life and gain new perspectives as they come of age and begin to navigate their own worlds and challenges." - Raleigh Marshall, descendant of Paul Jennings and 2005 alumnus of James Madison University 

Community Hours

Community hours for Exhibit viewing in Paul Jennings Hall have been canceled for the 2021-22 academic year due to COVID-19.

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