Knutzen Hall is the latest residence hall to be
renovated and will soon be equipped with air conditioning units and elevators.
Molly Thome, a Knutzen Hall resident, helped explain
“We’re all getting new rooms and we’re getting
elevators. Everything is going to be brand new like the other halls that have
been renovated. The door is going to move as well,” Thome said.
Some of these changes affect students’ lives more than
others, but Thome thinks that overall these changes will lead to much better
“I think it will enhance students’ lives because it
will be a nicer environment. Sometimes we have issues with the heat here, but
we won’t have to worry about being too warm because we’ll have air
conditioning. Just little things that will help us to be more comfortable,”
Thome said. “The one thing I do feel that will help out around here the most
will be the heat and air conditioning because each room can be set differently.”
Andrea Hamann, a student who moved to Baldwin—a
renovated hall— thinks the change is noticeable and helpful.
“I love that this dorm has air conditioning. When I was
a Pointer Pal, I had to come back earlier to help people move in. It was a nice
chilly sanctuary for me to take a break because it was really warm being
outside for several hours. Plus, in general I am a warm person, so it’s really
nice,” Hamann said.
While the changes are welcome for the most part, Hamann
notes that some of the additions like shelves hamper productivity.
“The shelf is nice, but I wish we didn’t lose space
because of it,” she said.
The new renovations are scheduled to be substantially
finished in August and completely finished by October. Students in the hall may
notice some changes occurring on the first floor, where construction has
According to the 2011-13 Biennium Construction report,
the estimated total cost for renovations made to Burroughs Hall last year and
Knutzen this year is $11.7 million. The University of Wisconsin System funds
While it takes a lot of effort to put these changes
into effect, the outcome will be an improvement of the residence hall and, in
turn, the comfort of the residents. The new elevator will accommodate students
with disabilities and the new air conditioning system will make room climates