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Groundbreaking launches new residence hall construction

| Julie Poquette

A Feb. 19 groundbreaking event marked the start of construction on the first new UW-Eau Claire residence hall in nearly two decades.

Ryan Ring, a UW-Eau Claire student and a member of the UW System Board of Regents, was among the speakers at the groundbreaking.

"At a time when recruiting and retaining students is so important, not only to UW-Eau Claire but also the state, the new residence hall will give this university another competitive advantage in attracting students and enhancing their on-campus experience," Ring said. "This is a special day for our campus community."

Watch the video above to hear more from the new residence hall groundbreaking event.

The $35 million six-story residence hall will be located on upper campus on a site north of Towers Hall. Designed to house 432 students, the facility is scheduled to open in August 2019. 

The building 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.