UWS Puts Design of $15 M On-Campus Housing Renovations in Students' Hands

By KBJR News 1

August 7, 2013 Updated Aug 7, 2013 at 6:52 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) - The $15.1 million renovation of both Ross and Hawkes Hall on UWS campus technically started last year, with the decision to switch Hawkes from a combination of office space and YMCA facilities to on–campus student living.

"...taking all the desks out, taking out everything [else]," listed Ross/Hawkes Hall Manager Brody Bakken. "So, the project... began last year."

According to Bakken, the driving force behind the conversion decision: an unprecedented amount of expected students come fall.
Last year already saw 40 students above the 800 student cap cramming into any space the campus could make.

"We had lounges that were converted into rooms. All of our Resident Life staff had roommates," said Bakken, laughing.

With the renovations, Hawkes Hall alone will provide an additional 200 rooms, .and whether it's in regard to the bathroom design, or the general color scheme, when it comes to the future of these two buildings, the students have the final say.

"...from the floors, to the bathrooms—we have co–ed bathrooms that [were] selected by students—light fixtures, lounge furniture," said Bakken, as he showed off some of the latest features.

...to the delight of incoming freshmen, like Biology Major Alex Erickson.

"Who isn't going to want to design their own room? It's going to be a lot more comfortable for everyone," said Erickson. "They're definitely going to know where things are if [we're] the ones designing it."

...all part of UWS's effort to keep their students happy, learning, and coming back.

About 80 percent of the work is expected to be completed by the end of the week.

- Posted to the web by Billy Wagness