UW-Stout News Story

State gives final approval for renovation of residence hall

September 18, 2013

The Wisconsin State Building Commission approved a $7.9 million project Wednesday to renovate McCalmont Hall on the University of Wisconsin-Stout campus.

The renovation of McCalmont Hall, 220 10th Ave. E., is part of the university's multiyear residence hall renewal plan, which was developed with the assistance of a consultant that called for infrastructure upgrades, redesigning bathrooms and stairwells and adding community spaces on each floor. The project was included in the 2013-15 state capital budget approved by the Legislature earlier this year.

McCalmont HallPhil Lyons, vice chancellor for Administrative and Student Life Services, said the renovation will allow McCalmont Hall, which partially was used for office space, to be used solely as a residence hall.

UW-Stout is experiencing enrollment growth, which is putting pressure on the residence halls. "We are bursting at the seams," Lyons said. "This hall is very much needed."

Scott Griesbach"This project is 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."

McCalmont Hall, built in 1963, has 144 beds and has never been renovated. It will have 194 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 building codes.

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

The project is scheduled to be completed in August 2014. No taxpayer dollars will be used for the project; it will be funded by student housing fees.

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