Hill Hall

UW’s board of trustees approved $1 million to be spent of renovating Hill Hall and relocating staff to the former dorm from Wyoming Hall, which is slated for demolition in the spring.

The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees voted this week to have the university’s administration proceed with several aspects of the work involved with constructing at least $300 million worth of dormitories in the coming years.

The trustees voted to have administrators proceed “with urgency” in issuing bonds to fund the project.

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Gaius7

This is one of the most poorly planned, insane project I've ever seen... There is SO much wrong with this whole thing, ranging from the timeline, to the costs, to the logistics, to the "end result" to the fundamental "Why are we building new buildings at massive cost for no real reason in the first place???"



UW is demolishing an entire, 4-story building full of OCCUPIED offices, without actually replacing that space to make room for new dorms, with further plans to ALSO convert OTHER OCCUPIED office space into dorms in the end as well. We're spending $1 million to convert existing dorms into offices, only to spend another few million just a year or two later to convert that SAME building BACK into dorms? Why?



And where will the Wyo Hall people permanently end up if not hill hall? Where are all the Knight hall, Ross Hall, Hoyt Hall people going on top of that, if those all get converted to dorms too? Why are we building brand new buildings to house dorms AND renovating all our existing buildings to house even more dorms? Why are we renovating existing dorms into office space, so we can demolish existing office space to make room for dorms, when we could just renovate existing dorms into, well, dorms? Less moving, and disruption to the operation of the university, WAY less cost, no dangerous disruptions to 15th St., no massive loss of critical parking, etc., etc.



This project is totally bonkers....

Oh Wow

I agree with everything you said here. Makes no sense whatsoever; and seems like a huge waste of time and money. Everything is students first, no one else matters. Without staff, there are no students - just like without students there are no staff. But there doesn't seem to be an equal seat at the table in all of this. So I expect the University to just plow forward, full steam ahead with no regard to anything anyone is saying otherwise.

Brett Glass

Switcheroo! The University, when seeking funds from the Legislature to build new dorms, falsely claimed that the buildings it now intends to "repurpose" were unsalvageable and had to come down. Now that it's gotten its funding, suddenly - miraculously - they can be reused! Do our legislators have no memories? Or are they going along because they welcome any excuse to grow UW's bloated empire at taxpayer expense - Laramie's tax base be damned?

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