What it is: Construction on a UW-Whitewater dorm is set to begin in early April.
University Housing Director Frank Bartlett said the new dorm will be located in the center of campus between Fischer Hall and Lot 9, northeast of the visitors center on West Starin Road.
The co-ed residence hall will house 400 students and 10 resident assistants.
The new residence hall will be pod-style, Bartlett said, which could give students a different option in housing. Two double rooms will share a bathroom with a sink placed outside the bathroom.
The dorm, which does not yet have a name, will have air conditioning. It fits the university’s long-term plans for growth, he said.
“It’s great to add another piece of housing stock into our housing opportunities or availability,” Bartlett said. “It’s just an exciting time on campus. It’s always nice to get new buildings.”
UW-W saw enrollment increases for years before the numbers dropped slightly this year.
Freshman enrollment increased from 2,108 in 2013-14 to 2,220 last school year. It dropped to 2,014 this year.
The last time UW-W built a dorm was when Starin Hall opened in 2010, Bartlett said.
What’s the progress: Initial paperwork on the dorm was done in 2012, Bartlett said, and the UW System Board of Regents and state Legislature approved the project in 2013.
The plan was delayed until late 2015, but then the university worked on a design and put the project out to bid, Bartlett said.
JP Cullen has been hired to build the dorm.
Completion date: Anticipated completion will be June 2019, and students will be able to live in the residence hall starting that fall.
Cost: Bartlett said the project is expected to cost about $33.8 million.