The Wisconsin State Building Commission on Aug. 9 unanimously approved UW-Eau Claire’s request to increase by $3 million the budget for the Towers Hall renovation project on the university’s upper campus.
The request, approved July 26 by the UW System Board of Regents Executive Committee, was made due to the need for additional asbestos abatement and increased overall costs since the initial project estimate was made in 2012. The initial total cost approved was $32,969,000.
The project will be paid for entirely with student housing fees, however the additional $3 million approved Wednesday by the State Building Commission will not increase student housing fees.
The State Building Commission approved and authorized construction on the Towers project last October.
Towers Hall is a two-tower, 10-story residence hall that was built in 1966. The timeline for the project calls for renovation of the south tower to begin this fall and be completed by move-in of fall 2018; renovation of the north tower and common spaces is scheduled to begin in fall 2018 and be completed by move-in of fall 2019. No students will be housed in 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.