Potter Hall

A Tercero Area Building

  • Campbell Hall (right) and Potter Hall (left)
  • Potter Hall exterior
  • Potter Hall entrance
  • Potter Hall lounge area
  • Potter Hall lounge area
  • Potter Hall bedroom

Building Details

Potter Hall features the following:

  • Floors: 4 floors
  • Building Occupancy: about 200 Students
  • Occupancy Type(s): single-, double- and triple-occupancy rooms
  • Room Configuration(s): standard configuration: all rooms are located directly off a main interior hallway
  • Room Dimensions:  about 165 square feet
  • Bathrooms:  single-gender bathrooms are located along main interior hallways at an interval of every 4-6 bedrooms
  • Laundry Facilities: there is one laundry room, located on the first floor; it has 7 washing machines and 8 dryers
  • Flooring Type(s): all bedrooms are carpeted; shared areas are a mixture of carpeted and tiled
  • Bed Type(s): all rooms have extra-long (80 inch) twin beds
  • Computer Network Connection(s): wired and wireless
  • Cable TV Connection: Coaxial and IPTV
  • Landline Telephone Availability: optional; service available through IET Communications Resources
  • Mailbox Location: Tercero Services Center

Living-Learning Communities

There are no Living-Learning Communities in Potter Hall this year.

LEED / Environmental Impact

Potter Hall is LEED Gold certified under the LEED for New Construction Rating System.

The LEED green building certification program promotes a whole building sustainability approach by recognizing performance in five areas: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. The sustaibale features of Potter Hall include:

  • The stormwater management plan results in a 50% decrease in rate and a 33.6% decrease in quantity of runoff.
  • Approximately 83% of the roof surface has a minimum Solar Reflective Index (SRI) value of 57.
  • Interior light fixtures have automatic vacancy sensors. The exterior LED fixtures do not contribute to lighting pollution.
  • Nearly 13% of new building materials contain post-consumer and/or pre-consumer recycled content.
  • The irrigation system reduces potable water consumption by 51% from a calculated baseline case.
  • Installation of water efficient fixtures has reduced potable water use by 30%, compared to installation of standard fixtures.
  • The domestic hot water system utilizes thirty roof-mounted solar heaters to pre-heat the water before it goes through the steam-generation components. The on-site renewable energy generated about 2,800 therms per year and offsets 2.48% of the project’s annual energy costs.
  • Approximately 80% of the construction and land clearing debris were diverted from the landfill.

Mail, Mailboxes, and Care Packages

Use the following address to send mail and packages to Potter Hall residents.

There is one mailbox for each room. Potter Hall's mailboxes are located on the first floor of the Tercero Services Center.

Packages that do not fit in a mailbox are held at the Area Service Desk until residents can pick them up. The ASD notifies residents via email when they receive packages.

Mailing Address

(student name)
(room #) Potter Hall
468 Dairy Road
Davis, CA 95616

Items in parenthesis should be customized with residents' specific information, including their names and room numbers.

Maps, Plans and Models

Graphic: Single Occupancy 3-D room rendering

Single Occupancy

Graphic: Double Occupancy 3-D room rendering

Double Occupancy

Graphic: Triple Occupancy 3-D room rendering

Triple Occupancy

Aggie Abodes

Watch the following videos to see what living in Potter Hall is like.

360° View Virtual Rooms

Single-occupancy bedroom

Double-occupancy bedroom

Triple-occupancy bedroom

Move-In Information

Refer to the move-in webpage for information about moving in to Potter Hall. Move-in details vary based upon the time of year.

Building Namesake

Wendell H. PotterWendell H. Potter
Professor Emeritus – Department of Physics
Hired: 1970
Retired: 2005

Wendell Potter served the Davis campus for more than 30 years, with the last half if his career focusing on improving the educational life of undergraduate students with a particular emphasis on science teaching. His contributions included writing physics activities in such a way that inspired students to think about the connections between classroom physics and its relations to their world, which ultimately resulted in nationally recognized substantial reform in physics instruction. He also pioneered measuring the results if this type of education by examining how well students perform in their later undergraduate careers. In addition to his service to the Davis campus, during his career Professor Potter was involved with California K-12 science reform efforts, the Sacramento Area Science Project, and twice served as the chair of the UC systemwide Committee on Preparatory Education. In 1995 he was awarded the Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award, and in 2005 he was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award.