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UO kicks off $87M dorm building project

The three phase project will be completed by 2024

Posted: Dec 4, 2019 6:44 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The University of Oregon is begining construction this week on a multi-year student housing modernization project.

There will be three phases to the project. The first phase began on Dec. 2 and involves constructing a 209,000-square-foot student dormitory that will cost $87 million. It will house 700 students and will be located on a lot at Agate Street and 15th Avenue. This phase is slated to be completed in June 2021.

Phase two will involve building two new residence halls where Walton Hall sits, and the third and final phase will be to tear down Hamilton Hall and add a new green space in its place. It will replace “Humpy Lumpy Lawn,” a popular lawn for students to study and relax at.

Liz Donovan, a sophomore at the university, said she's disapointed to see the space go. 

"It's kind of sad. It was one the only greenery areas left on campus, and it's right in the middle of my path to class," Donovan said. "But I suppose the new building will be good once its done. It's just kind of a bummer we have to go through the construciton now."

There is also an enviromental concern with the project.

Ruby Jernigan is part of the Students for Sustainable Development group on campus. She hoped the university would choose to remodel current buildings.

"It doesn't really make sense. Instead of renovating old construction to make it more energy effecient or more comfortable for the residents living there, they're starting from scratch," Jernigan said.

However, the university said they will preserve 50-year-old red maple and sequioa trees along East 15th Avenue. They also said the new buildings will be 50% more energry efficient than the older residence halls. 

Micahel Griffel, Director of University Housing, said their plans were seen as the best option for the overall student body and the enviroment

"The buildings that are being taken down have really come to the end of their useful life, so it was looking at the extensive renovations, and we made different choices," Griffel said.

This project comes at the heels of the completion of the $48 million renovation of Bean Hall that finsihed this fall. 

All freshmen are required to live on campus, and they have 10 residence halls to chose from. They range from $9,000 to $20,000 a year.

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