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Karlgaard Towers


In 2017-18 and 2018-19, UW-Eau Claire completed an exciting Karlgaard Towers renovation process to update the buildings' exterior, improve bathroom privacy, add air conditioning and transform the students’ shared community spaces. The south tower (Marilyn Karlgaard Hall) was the focus of the project during 2017-18, and the north tower (David Karlgaard Hall) was renovated in 2018-19.

Renovations to the Karlgaard Towers residence halls, which were built in 1966, included:

  • Replacement of exterior windows and doors.
  • Repairs to exterior surfaces, including brick and precast panels.
  • Addition of a new entrance.
  • Replacement of aging heating and ventilation systems.
  • Addition of air conditioning to both common areas and resident rooms.
  • Replacement of aging plumbing.
  • Renovation and expansion of first-floor and basement areas to improve common spaces such as study lounges, laundry and student gathering spaces.
  • Refurbishment of two elevators in each tower.
  • Expansion of bathrooms to comply with ADA access and improve resident privacy.
  • Addition of new furnishings and carpet in student rooms.

Work on the south tower was completed in time for fall 2018 student move-in. Renovations of the north tower and the residence halls' common spaces were completed by fall 2019.

The Karlgaard Towers Hall renovation project cost of $35,969,000 is being paid for entirely with student housing fees.

Contact Mike Rindo, assistant chancellor for facilities and university relations, at 715-836-4742 or or Quincy Chapman, UW-Eau Claire director of housing and residence life, at 715-836-3630 or with questions regarding the Towers Hall renovation project.

David and Marilyn Karlgaard have been ‘towers’ in their support for UW-Eau Claire students through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. While we cannot begin to sufficiently thank them for the unparalleled impact they have had on students’ lives, we are thrilled to ensure that their names will be attached to a facility that so many Blugolds call home during their time on campus.

Kimera Way, UWEC Foundation President