||Schofield Hall 218|
||Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004|
Residence Halls Cabling |
State Building Commission
MAILED: Sept. 18, 1998|
Telecommunications cabling will be installed in residence halls at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, enabling students with personal computers to connect to the campus network.
The State Building Commission Thursday approved the $1.2 million project, which will provide those students who chose to connect to the campus network with access to library materials, computer labs, complete access to the Internet, electronic mail and the World Wide Web.
The project provides funds to install the cabling in nine of the university's 10 residence halls (construction on an 11th hall will begin this fall). Cabling is being installed in Putnam Hall this summer as a component of a comprehensive electrical systems renovation project. In the nine halls included in this project, 3,700 video and data cable outlets will be installed 3,400 in student rooms and another 300 in common areas.
The new residence hall wiring will connect to the campus-wide fiber optic backbone installed in 1993.
Approximately 26 percent of the UW-Eau Claire's students have access to or own their own computer that they could use in their residence hall room. As that number has increased, so too has the demand for connection to the campus network.
The State Building Commission Thursday also approved a $450,000 project to construct a new water chiller and cooling tower to serve the Haas Fine Arts Center and the Human Sciences and Services building.
The project will replace the existing 30-year-old 455 ton-water chiller with a new chiller of like capacity. The existing cooling tower also will be replaced.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Sept. 22, 1998