No, I believe E is for Sophomores this year. As for AC, I don’t think E complex has AC for every room.
Hirai Hall is a part of E-Complex and singles in Hirai are big and close to academic buildings. I believe it was Sophomore housing though. You can email Reslife about it and ask if there’s a mistake. I you end up living in E, you can go to Sage Dining Hall for food, which is about only 5 minutes walk from E.
There is an AC in E complex. Kitchens and laundry you can look on floor plans of E COMP -> http://www.rpi.edu/dept/res-life/html/floorplans-ecomplex.html
There’s one shower per bathroom in E Complex.
The closest dorms would be E-Complex or North. That being said it would be about 2 minutes closer than all other freshman dorms.
North is for freshmen. E-complex is for upperclassmen.
E-Complex does have a laundry room in its basement. Like all laundry on campus, it is free for student use.
At this time E-Complex and North Hall are closed for renovations and will reopen in the fall. For this reason we do not have any pictures.
Housing shifts slightly from year to year, depending on class sizes and other decisions. This year (2012-2013), only freshmen and sophomores are living in the Quad.
Juniors and seniors have options to live in RAHPs (Rensselaer Apartment Housing Projects), Stacwyck (Apartments on Sunset Terrace), Blitman, Colonie, Polytechnic, North Hall, E-Complex, and Bryckwyck.