Project prep to begin for new UW-Eau Claire residence hall

| Julie Poquette

Preparation for construction of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s new residence hall is set to begin.

The week of Jan. 15, fencing will be installed around the project’s staging area on the site of the Governors parking lot on upper campus. See information on parking changes to take effect once the construction fencing is installed.

The $35 million six-story residence hall — which will be the university’s first new on-campus residence hall in nearly two decades — will be located on the site of current basketball and tennis courts north of Towers Hall. Demolition of the courts is slated to begin in early February.

The new residence hall will house 432 students and is scheduled to open in August 2019. It will include living areas that will house four students each, some with single bedrooms and some with double bedrooms; floor lounges with kitchens; and music, game, social and study rooms.

The new residence hall was included in the Campus 2010-30 Master plan to help UW-Eau Claire address the longtime on-campus housing shortage and overcrowding of existing residence halls.

The building project will include the addition of an upper-campus chiller, which will provide air-conditioning for the new hall and the two Karlgaard Towers halls currently being renovated.

For more information about the new residence hall project, contact Mike Rindo, assistant chancellor for facilities and university relations, at 715-836-4742 or rindomj@uwec.edu, or Quincy Chapman, UW-Eau Claire director of housing and residence life, at 715-836-3630 or chapmajq@uwec.edu.