From The Portland Press-Herald: Sokokis Hall, a new 300-bed suite-style residence hall, has opened at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine. It cost $24 million, about 25 percent less than expected thanks to competitive bidding affected by the recession. The hallways feature sconces and faux columns that give it the feel and look of a hotel rather than institutional housing. Washers and dryers are hooked up to an online system that tells students when their clothes are ready or if a washer has become available. A fitness center is outfitted with equipment featuring personal televisions.