- In an attempt to get more students to live on campus, the University of Washington is remaking the southwest side of its main campus with a $201 million residence-hall building boom.
- The move will bring thousands of new dorm-style rooms and apartments, a grocery store, a fitness center and a 3/4-acre urban farm to the campus.
- Before last year, the campus' newest residence hall, Mercer, was 40 years old, and the school has long had more student housing requests than available rooms.
From the article:
Before last year, the newest residence hall on the University of Washington's main campus had opened when Richard Nixon was president and "American Pie" by Don McLean was one of the year's top radio hits. Over the next 40 years, as the school's undergraduate population grew, space became increasingly tight in the dorms. Waiting lists grew longer. And even the newest hall, Mercer, began showing its age. Now all that is changing. ...