At its June 28 meeting, the State of Wisconsin Building Commission unanimously approved the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s request for authority to construct a new residence hall on upper campus.
Following the approval from the State Building Commission, as well as approval on June 9 from the UW System Board of Regents, UW-Eau Claire can now finish the design phase of the project. When the design is 100 percent complete, the State Building Commission must then approve it before construction begins, said Mike Rindo, UW-Eau Claire assistant chancellor for facilities and university relations.
The $35 million residence hall — the first new residence hall on campus in nearly two decades — will help UW-Eau Claire address the longtime on-campus housing shortage and overcrowding of existing residence halls, Rindo said.
Plans call for the new residence hall on upper campus to open by fall 2019. The six-story facility will house 432 students. It will include living areas for four students, some with single bedrooms and some with double bedrooms; floor lounges with kitchens; and music, game, social and study rooms.
The new residence hall will sit on the site of current basketball and tennis courts north of Towers Hall. Construction will begin in February 2018 and is expected to be complete by August 2019.
In addition to increasing on-campus housing options for students, the building project includes the addition of an upper-campus chiller, which will allow the university to air-condition the new hall, Towers Hall, and other halls as they are renovated in the future.
Chancellors Hall, which opened in 2000, is the newest residence hall at UW-Eau Claire. The other nine on-campus residence halls opened between 1955 and 1969.
For more information, contact Mike Rindo, assistant chancellor for facilities and university relations, at 715-836-4742 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Quincy Chapman, UW-Eau Claire director of housing and residence life, at 715-836-3630 or email@example.com.