The Howard N. Blitman, P.E. ’50 Residence Commons expanded housing options for Rensselaer undergraduates specifically sophomores, juniors, and seniors while bringing approximately 300 students downtown to engage in the vibrant community of Troy. The new residence commons is situated at the bottom of the Rensselaer Approach, the century-old granite staircase that symbolizes the connection between the City of Troy and the Institute.
Blitman Commons has 148 double rooms and an apartment for live-in professional staff and four rooms for resident assistants. A select number of rooms also meet the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards for accessible design. All of the rooms will have private bathrooms.
Other building amenities include a newly renovated dining hall that is open for breakfast and dinner service Monday through Friday and brunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday, a small fitness center, access controlled entrances, limited on-site parking, and conference and classroom meeting spaces.