Ground broken on new residence hall
On behalf of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, University Village Housing Inc. will break ground Friday (Nov. 20) on its newest residence hall – an $8 million apartment unit that will accommodate 126 students.
“With a record freshmen class this year, and expectations that enrollment will continue to grow, it’s important that we move ahead to stay within reach of our goal to have housing for all new freshmen in need of housing, and 40 percent of our overall student body,” said Glenn Gray, Director of Residence Life. With the completion of this new hall, UW Green Bay will provide housing on campus to over 2,000 students.
The Village-owned residence halls have been at or near full occupancy, for the past seven years. This semester there are more than 200 students on a waiting list for university housing.
The proposal, which received approval from the State Building Commission Wednesday (Nov. 18), calls for University Village Housing to construct the three-story, 51,000 square-foot residence hall on a parcel adjacent to the existing campus housing complex that was granted a land use agreement in 2001.
As with the other 16 University Village residence units on campus, housing revenues will pay for construction and operations at the residence hall.
Under guidelines established by the UW System Board of Regents, the building contractor and subcontractors will pay prevailing wages and adhere to Minority Business Enterprise participation goals.
Also, the building will exceed by more than 30 percent state building code guidelines for energy efficiency.
The new residence hall, which is expected to open by fall 2010, will have 32 suite-style living units.
Responding to student requests, the new residence hall will be near other housing units, but closer to the University Union and other academic buildings.
With the completion of this new residence hall, UW-Green Bay will have 27 housing facilities – nine apartment buildings, 11 residence halls, six apartment-style residence halls and one house maintained by the University.
For additional information call: Christopher Sampson, Director of University Communication, 920 465-2527