University of Wyoming likely to demolish Crane and Hill halls; not being used this fall

Sep 5, 2017 From wire reports

LARAMIE (AP) -- The two oldest residence halls at the University of Wyoming could be demolished as early as next summer depending on the results of a housing study and plan.

Hill and Crane halls, first occupied in the 1950s and completed in there current form in 1961 are vacant for the current academic year.

They had been used as housing for upperclassmen, mostly in single rooms with a shared kitchen on each floor.

There were designated as "quiet houses" as well.

Crane and Hill are linked by a dining hall which once was the primary cafeteria for al UW students but that now is rarely used for any purposes except an occasional catered function.

The primary dining facility now is the Washakie Center nearby.

The four newer halls, which date to the late 1960s -- Orr, McIntyre, White and Downey -- are larger but still viewed as outdated by analysts.

A recent UW master housing plan recommended initially that they be demolished as well to make room for new, suite-style housing complexes that could cost as much as $100 million to build.

The housing study and plan is in progress to evaluate the university's housing and formulate a 10-year improvement schedule.

The plan is expected to be completed and presented to the Board of Trustees before the end of this year.

Residence Life Executive Director Eric Webb says the first phase of the plan is expected to call for demolition of the halls to make room for other facilities.

He says there's an excess of capacity in the university's residence halls.

More students live off campus now.