Friday was a big day for Eastern Washington University as the school opened the doors to a new, state of the art residence hall, providing living space for 354 students.
The New Hall, as it's called, has a number of modern day amenities, such as a laundry facility that can connect to your smart phone, but the thing that makes it really special is that it's the first dorm Eastern has built in more than 40 years.
"It's going to really integrate the academic experience with the living experience; lots of great spaces for students to interact with one another outside their room," Residency Director Josh Ashcroft said.
"It's one of our favorite days of the year," he added.
The Eagles getting ready to nest in the New Hall were also excited about the new digs. Martie Johsnon is one of them. She her mom Sharon didn't make a long trip to Eastern as they live down the road in Spokane.
"Supposedly the washer and dryer text you when your load is done so I am excited about that," Johnson said. "It hasn't been too stressful and we are planning on going back home to get last minute once we are done moving in so my day isn't as big as most but I am excited to move in."
"Move in is hectic but it's fun it's because you get to meet new friends," Pandora Meyer said.
The $25 million facility wont impact tuition; it costs a little extra to live in the New Hall and eventually will pay for itself with those extra room and board funds.
"Eastern is a growing campus and committed to providing the very best for students so that they can be successful whatever their career goals are," Ashcroft said.
Those goals aren't clear for everyone yet, but they have plenty of time and a beautiful place to live to figure it all out. For now freshman like Martie Johnson are just enjoying the experience.
"Just meeting new people and making new friends ... oh I might join Archery Club," Johnson laughed.