MAILED: Sept. 8, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE -- The new residence hall planned for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be built on the upper campus west of Oak Ridge Hall.
Chancellor Larry Schnack made the final decision on the new hall's location following discussions with students, faculty and other campus officials. Two sites on the north side of the river also were considered.
Schnack said factors making the upper campus a good choice for the new housing facility include the lot's scenic location overlooking the crest of the hill and the availability of parking for residents in the new parking lot being constructed just across the street. The site is not in the flood plain so the new hall can have a basement for storage or common spaces, which keeps the cost down compared to the north-of-the-river locations.
With the question of site now decided, the Request for Proposal (RFP) process can be finalized. The State Building Commission approved the proposal to build the facility last April.
The new hall will cost an estimated $10 million and will be built through the state construction process rather than a private developer. It should be ready for occupancy by the fall of 1999. It is expected to help relieve the overload to current campus housing and to provide a living/learning environment in which academic programs can be integrated into residence hall life.
The hall will house about 300 students in apartment-style suites, each with a small living area, cooking facilities, bathrooms and four single bedrooms. The rooms will be wired for cable and computer access. The building will be air-conditioned and include seminar classrooms equipped for the latest instructional technology.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Sept. 8, 1997