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UW Stevens Point to have two residence halls remodeled


STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAU) - Wisconsin’s Building Commission gave the final approval for several building projects Wednesday. Two of them are on the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point campus.

Both of the buildings are residence halls. Carrie Heibler with the university says upgrades and renovations will be done to Watson Hall in 2014 and Thompson Hall in 2015. “The project will renovate Watson Residence Hall in the summer of 2014 and Thompson Residence Hall in the summer of 2015. Both of those are within a schedule of renovations that we’ve been doing for the last couple of summers. They’re actually the seventh and eighth halls to be renovated this way.”

The two residence halls were originally built in the late 1960’s and renovated last in the mid 1990’s. Heibler says both buildings will get similar improvements to what other residence halls have received and they will be more energy efficient. “The renovations are going to upgrade the energy efficiency of the residence halls. They’re going to be getting some lighting upgrades, upgrades to closets and walls, energy-efficient windows, frames, and glazing, a different heating structure that will incorporate hot water and chilled water for air conditioning rather than air conditioning units, some lobby updates, and a lot of modifications to make those rooms and floors ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible.”

Watson Hall and Thompson Hall remodelling will cost a total of 13-point-477 million dollars. Like many other UW Stevens Point buildings, they will also have a solar water heating array added to the roof to help make them even more energy friendly.

Watson Hall was originally built in 1968 and renovated in 1993. Thompson Hall was built in 1969 and renovated in 1994.

WSAU's interview with Carrie Heibler can be heard in its entirety in our Newsmakers Interview section here.