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Fr. Bernard F. Donahue, OSFSHistory:
Opened for occupancy in August 2008, Donahue Hall is named for Fr. Bernard F. Donahue, OSFS, distinguished professor of politics at DeSales University from 1966 through 1999.  Donahue Hall was dedicated on September 27, 2008 in memory of Fr. Donahue, who passed away on July 9, 2008.  Learn more about the life of Fr. Bernard F. Donahue, OSFS, 1930 - 2008.

Donahue Hall, DeSales' newest student residence, will provide housing to upper-class students in suite-style accommodations (two double rooms that share a bathroom) with men and women in separate wings. The three-story facility contains six area lounges and an extended visitation main lounge.

Building Features:
3-story facility
Suite-style housing (2 double rooms sharing a bathroom)
Co-ed by wing, upper-class living environment
Central laundry facility
Main extended visitation lounge (wireless)
Six wing lounges
Fully sprinklered/hard-wired fire system
24/7 secured, card access facility

Room Features:
Average room dimensions: 21" x 13"
Cable television service (1 jack per room)
Local telephone service (1 landline per room)
ResNet Internet access (1 port per student)
Individual heating/air conditioning units

Room Furnishings:
Extra-long (80" mattress) bunkable/loftable beds
Desks (45"W x 24"D x 30"H)
Desk chairs
Dressers (35"W x 20"D x 30"H)
Freestanding wardrobes (40"W x 24"D x 78"H) 
Mecho shades

Green Features:
A buffer was added to preserve the boundary between the wetlands and natural areas of vegetation east of Donahue Hall. Precautions have also been taken to ensure that water runoff patterns remain consistent and maintain water quality, volume, and wildlife within the wetlands. A landscaped Bio Retention basin was developed just south of Donahue Hall to slow and treat on-site storm water runoff.  The slowed, clean water is then allowed to infiltrate native soils and storm water drains.

In the construction of Donahue Hall, a number of products were selected specifically to promote sustainability and the conservation of materials and resources:

  • Products with Exceptional Durability and Low Maintenance (precast concrete floors and roof, masonry exterior/ interior walls, vinyl composition and ceramic tile, aluminum and glass curtain walls/ entrances/ windows, solid core wood doors, heavy duty hollow metal doors and frames)
  • Recycled/ Reclaimed Products (vinyl composition and ceramic tile, acoustical panel ceilings, solid core wood doors, carpet and mats, structural and miscellaneous steel, mechanical/ plumbing/ electrical materials)
  • VOC Compliant Products (adhesives, glues, resins, sealants, paints, furniture coverings that are non-toxic, have no harmful emissions and no Formaldehyde)
  • Product Sources (most products. Materials are from local or regional sources that save time and fuel, reducing harmful emissions)
  • Rapidly Renewable Products (veneers for wood doors, wood furniture)

Additionally, the following specific initiatives have been implemented to promote energy conservation:

  • Building Envelope (exceeds DOE energy code for envelope insulation, concrete/ masonry floor/ roof/ walls provide thermal mass for heat retention, aluminum/ glass curtainwalls/ entrances/ windows feature thermal break frames and low E solar insulating glass)
  • Interior Environment (glass walls at ends of corridors provide natural lighting for interior lounges, highly reflective surfaces/ colors used for acoustical panel ceilings/ ceramic tile/ other finishes to reduce lighting costs
  • Mechanical Equipment (exceeds DOE building energy code requirement for efficiency, high efficiency heat pumps and gas fired heating/ electrical cooling units)
  • Plumbing Work (water saver type water closets, restrictors for low flow on faucets/ shower heads, gas fired high efficiency water heater with hot water temperature restrictor)
  • Electrical Work (exceeds DOE building energy code for lighting efficiency, energy efficient ballasts/ lamps, automatic controlled exterior lighting, energy efficient metal halide exterior fixtures, LED exit signs)


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