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State Building Commission approves Towers Hall renovation

| Mike Rindo

The Wisconsin State Building Commission on Oct. 12 approved the design report and authorized construction on the Towers Hall renovation project at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The commission's approval of the project follows approval by the UW System Board of Regents on Oct. 7. The Towers Hall renovation project, with a total cost of $32,969,000, was included in the 2015-17 state budget. No tax dollars will be used for the renovation; it will be paid for entirely with housing fees students pay to live in UW-Eau Claire residence halls.

Towers Hall is a two-tower, 10-story residence hall that was originally constructed in 1966. The south tower houses 630 students and the north tower houses 711 students. Its current occupancy of 1,341 is well beyond its original design capacity of 1,242 residents. It is the largest residence hall at UW-Eau Claire.

The project renovates Towers Hall to repair the exterior envelope and extensively remodel the interior, including:

  • 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.

The current timeline for the project is for renovation of the south tower to begin in late spring 2017 and be completed by move-in of fall 2018; renovation of the north tower and common spaces is scheduled to begin in late spring 2018 and be completed by move-in of fall 2019. No students will be housed the south tower during its 2017-18 renovation, and no students will be housed in the north tower when it is renovated in 2018-19.

For more information, contact Mike Rindo, assistant chancellor for facilities and university relations, at or 715-836-4742.