Rhode Island School of Design celebrated the opening of a new dorm on Saturday. North Hall is the college’s first newly constructed residential facility to open in 34 years. The building is the first cross-laminated timber-steel hybrid residence hall in New England. The 40,790-square-foot structure will house 148 first-year students on six floors, featuring amenities such as living spaces, workrooms, social lounges, a shared kitchen and studio, a gallery space, and bike storage. RISD says that North Hall is an innovative model for reducing energy use, limiting environmental impact, and providing a customized space designed to help students thrive.