Tooker House, the newest engineering residential community on ASU’s Tempe campus, opened to students at the beginning of the fall semester touting a tech-enabled lifestyle.
The seven-story building houses 1,600 undergraduate engineering students and two classrooms, which come equipped with 3D printers and laser cutters for student use.
An Amazon Echo can be found inside the dorms of each resident that chooses to receive the donation from Amazon.
“Tooker House is fully Wi-Fi accessible with enough bandwidth to accommodate up to 1GB per resident – including the Amazon Echo Dot devices donated to each student who has chosen to participate in the program that launches this fall through a collaboration between Amazon and ASU,” said Bradley Bolin, the assistant director of residential life, in an email statement.
“The collaboration, which includes an ‘Ask ASU’ feature that offers services related to the Fulton Schools and the University through the Echo Dot, makes Tooker House a first-of-its-kind community with voice-activated technology,” Bolin said. “The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering is always looking for ways to stay on the cutting edge of technology and provide opportunities to enhance student learning.”
The residential community of Tooker House also comes equipped with a fitness center, dining hall, community kitchens and six academic success centers.
Bernard Pettus II, a computer science freshman, said he enjoys living in the Tooker House complex, but that he dislikes what he said are small rooms and low water pressure.
“This is okay. It’s not perfect, and I’d assume they have to work on stuff.” Pettus said. “Having everything so close together is the…