UW housing plan specifies $68M to improve dormitories

Sep 20, 2017 From wire reports

LARAMIE (AP) -- A proposal presented to the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees calls for spending $68 million to renovate four student dormitories.

Trustees were presented with a draft of the university's 10-year housing plan during their meeting last week in Laramie.

The facilities targeted for improvements are Downey, McIntyre, Orr and White halls, located side by side on Grand Avenue in Laramie. They were constructed in the late 1960s. White Hall is the tallest occupied building in Wyoming at 134 feet.

The draft housing plan was created by a national design firm specializing in campus housing.

University officials aim to attract 1,100 additional students and need to provide on-campus housing for them. They say new dorms would help recruitment of new students.

UW Executive Director of Residence Life Eric Webb says students want more amenities, such as more space in bathrooms and community space, in their housing.

A final version of the plan will be presented to trustees in November.