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It may have been a while since you’ve crossed the threshold of a dorm. I lived on campus all four years at college and the self-serve waffle station was the only feature worth remembering. On the other hand, SCAD’s Montgomery House has way, wayyyy more than hot waffles going for it. (More on food later.)
Montgomery House is SCAD’s biggest construction project in Savannah to date -- serving upperclassmen who attend digital media classes at Montgomery Hall.
Glassed-in columns on the building’s exterior beckon. Inside, stacked on top of one another, nest-like rooms offer three unique experiences. Set up your laptop inside the computer nest on level one. Organize a Halo tournament in the game nest on level two. If you’re ready to get down to business, head up to the study nest on level three.
Vaulted ceilings and an open steel staircase greet students in the main lobby along with the yarn bomb installation from last spring’s Sidewalk Arts Festival. The opus by fibers students presides over the first of two television lounges, complete with soft seating and a Nemo Bar ready for homework sessions or socializing.
Upstairs, 125 student suites await. Each houses four students and includes two bedrooms, a living room, kitchenette and bathroom with separate shower, toilet room and vanity area. The furniture is custom-built by family-owned OFS furniture manufacturers in Indiana. SCAD is the first university in the country to nab its designs.
At the intersection of the south, east and west wings, natural light streams through three stories of glass encased study areas featuring walls covered in a tacky surface that’s perfect for collecting ideas during brainstorms. As a counterpoint to the nine study rooms, a game room on the second floor is equipped with Fatboy bean bags, and tables where players can keep score.
Three studio rooms with wash sinks and easels ensure that students don’t have to go to far to build their portfolios.
After working up an appetite, or while waiting on a mobile app to tell them their laundry is dry, students can travel a stone’s throw to the newly renovated Byte Café.
New flooring, seating and artwork in Montgomery Hall’s lobby flow into the dining hall. Just beyond the entrance is booth seating with soft cushions and an outdoor patio. The televisions, stereo system and shiny appliances are visible to students, but what they won’t see are three new walk-in coolers brought in to store all of the fresh, local ingredients that Bon Appétit serves.
Stroll a few feet further to have a different dining experience entirely. Carnival takes its name from the lit letters President Wallace found during her travels in London. In the outdoor event space, shipping containers hold picnic style seating and commercial string lighting creates a jovial atmosphere. Inside chefs serve up hand-rolled sushi, ginger chicken and other Asian inspired fare.