The 31,855 square-foot building is located in the academic core of campus. Whitesides Hall offers an improved learning environment over older buildings, with a focus on classrooms that are designed to be very quiet and well-lit.
"Green" building design highlights include an innovative vegetative roof that minimizes rainwater runoff and provides a rooftop park setting, and geothermal heat pumps for heating and cooling, which is both cost-effective and environmentally friendly.
There are accessible restrooms on the ground floor and the first floor.
The campus quad can be reached by exiting onto Reynold's Green and then staying on the pathway next to Carmichael Hall, leading to the accessible ramp between Zeis and Ramsey Library.
The building was originally named New Hall when it was constructed in 2006. In 2016, The university renamed New Hall to Whitesides Hall in honor of Alfred J. Whitesides Jr. after a public vote by the Board of Trustees. An ardent supporter of the Bulldogs with more than 15 years of service to the university and many more to the UNC system, Whitesides is a board member of the UNC Asheville Bulldog Athletic Association (BAA), having served as president of both the BAA and the UNC Asheville Board of Trustees. He received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from UNC Asheville in 2012. Whitesides is recognized throughout Asheville as a successful businessman, a community leader and a living touchstone to the city’s struggle to eliminate segregation.