New UW dorms not happening, prompting questions from lawmaker

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Construction of two new dormitories at UW campuses in Eau Claire and Whitewater was scheduled to be done this year but hasn’t started, and a state representative is asking questions.

“The projects were approved by the Board of Regents, the State Building Commission, the Joint Finance Committee, the Assembly and the Senate,” said Rep. Gordon Hintz, D-Oshkosh, at a state building commission hearing last week. “They were signed off on by the governor both before the Building Commission and when he signed the budget into law. So why isn’t construction happening as scheduled?”

The projects include a 400-bed dorm at Whitewater, with an estimated cost of $28 million, and a 350-bed dorm at Eau Claire with an estimated cost of $33 million. They were approved in Gov. Scott Walker’s 2013-15 budget and cited as necessary to ease a student housing crunch on each campus. Construction was scheduled to start this fall with both slated to open in time for fall semester 2016.

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