Claflin building environmentally friendly dorm

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) -- Claflin University is building a new $12 million environmentally friendly residence hall.

The Orangeburg Times and Democrat reports the historically black university broke ground on the new building Thursday. The dorm will have wings for men and women joined by a common area. It's expected to be completed for the beginning of next school year.

It will house about 200 students.

The residence hall will feature natural lighting, energy-efficient heating and air conditioning and high-efficiency plumbing fixtures. Locally available and recycled materials will also be used in construction.

The university's vice president of Student Development and Services, Leroy Durant, says the new building will improve the college experience for students and help Claflin recruit new students.