Eau Claire (WQOW) – Thousands of Blugolds are flooding back to campus, and more than 500 of them are moving into the newly renovated Towers South.
The $38M renovation project for the Karlgaard Towers began last year. The university started with Towers South, while Towers North remained open for housing. The first phase for Towers South is complete, which includes the renovation of nine residential floors, and the front desk and community spaces on the first floor shared between both buildings. The renovation also includes new windows, plumbing, electrical, bathrooms, and lounges.
These new additions are exciting residents, including Alexandra Williamson, residential assistant of Towers South. She has lived in the building for three years and said, “Well, of course, we have air conditioning and that’s super exciting because no other building here has that. And so that kind of stands us out from that. Also, we have a huge first floor. That’s really good for creating the community that we are looking for.”
“We are so excited for the great new amenities and the experiences that students will enjoy in Towers this year,” said Quincy Chapman, director of Housing and Residence Life. “The students will experience significantly more comfortable spaces, but also lots of opportunities to gather together to socialize and study.”
Towers South still needs work, but the Karlgaard Towers are trading places. Towers North is now closed for renovation but is expected to reopen this time next year.
A total of 3,900 students will be residing on campus this year.