Students living the suite life at UWSP
For the first time in UWSP history, students are staying in four-bedroom suite apartments as part of the Residential Living program on campus.
The Suites @201 Reserve, UWSP’s first new residence hall in more than 40 years, welcomed its upperclassmen residents this fall after many years of planning and a year and a half of construction.
The opening was celebrated in an official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, October 7, followed by public tours as part of the Homecoming festivities on Friday and Saturday.
“This is a great opportunity for our upperclassmen to have apartment-style living and still maintain the benefits of living on campus,” said Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Al Thompson. “They get the best of two worlds.”
The $25.5 million-dollar project was built to the highest green building and performance measures, fitting with UWSP’s focus on sustainability. Although it was built to the minimum of a LEED Silver certification, it may qualify for a Gold Rating, which will be decided in December.
The five-story, two-elevator building, constructed at the site of the former Hyer Hall, will house about 328 residents in 82, four-bedroom suites and one hall director apartment. Five of the suites, one on each floor, include accommodations for community advisers that offer a private corridor entrance into the CA’s room.
The suites are completely furnished with a full kitchen, three-compartment bathroom (sink, shower, toilet), a living room and four bedrooms. In addition to the suites, the hall includes common areas and laundry facilities.