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Building Commission approves renovation of residence halls

March 21, 2013

The Wisconsin State Building Commission approved renovation plans Thursday for two University of Wisconsin-Stout campus housing facilities.

The board approved a $7.9 million renovation of McCalmont Hall, 220 10th Ave. E., and $13.2 million to renovate North Hall, 124 10th Ave. E.

The renovations are part of a 16-year residence hall renewal plan developed with the assistance of a consultant that called for infrastructure upgrades, redesigning bathrooms and stairwells and adding community spaces on each floor.

The projects were included in Gov. Scott Walker’s 2013-15 capital budget proposal, which will be considered this spring by the full Legislature.

McCalmont Hall, left, and North Hall, right“These projects are an important part of our effort to renovate our residence halls on campus to provide safe, comfortable and appealing living environments for our students,” said Scott Griesbach, executive director of Student Life Services. “It is much better to renovate these facilities and extend their useful lives rather than to build new residence halls.”

The residence halls on the north campus have been renovated, with major projects at Hovlid and Fleming, and a minor project at Wigen.

No taxpayer dollars will be used for the projects; they will be funded by housing fees students pay.

McCalmont Hall, built in 1963, has 144 beds and has never been renovated. It will have 184 beds after the renovation because some faculty offices will be moved from the fourth floor to other campus locations. The hall’s mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems have deteriorated and are obsolete, and the restrooms and showers do not meet current building codes.

The project includes small additions for expanded toilet and shower areas and for lounge and kitchen spaces. All of the building systems will be replaced, the toilet and shower areas will be expanded and updated and all wall, floor and ceiling finishes will be replaced. An automated sprinkler system will be installed.

The McCalmont Hall project is scheduled to be completed in August 2014.

North Hall was built in 1967 and has 371 beds in three building “cubes.” The building’s heating and ventilation systems perform poorly and require constant maintenance to sustain operations. The electrical system cannot handle increased student use of computers, and the plumbing system needs to be replaced.

The project includes new space on each floor for expanded toilet and shower rooms, as well as new stairs. The existing toilet and shower rooms will be remodeled into commons, lounges and kitchens.

All of the building systems will be replaced, the toilet and shower areas will be expanded and updated, and all wall, floor and ceiling finishes will be replaced. An automated sprinkler system will be installed.

The North Hall project is scheduled to be completed in phases, with everything done by August 2016.

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