MENOMONIE (WKOW) -- University of Wisconsin-Stout is getting a make-over; a state building commission has approved a nearly $8 million project to renovate an office building into dorms on campus.
The money will be used to upgrade McCalmont Hall. Plans call for infrastructure upgrades, redesigned bathrooms and additional community spaces. School vice chancellor Phil Lyons says the upgrade is necessary because enrollment is up and living space is at a premium.
The Wisconsin State Building Commission approved the $7.9 million project Wednesday. It will be funded completely by student housing fees, not tax dollars.
McCalmont Hall was built in 1963. It's been used as a dorm in the past, but some space has been used for faculty offices as well. The offices are being moved elsewhere and the space repurposed for student living.
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