University Of Washington Adds Housing With Big Building Boom

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Before last year, the newest residence hall on the University of Washington's main campus had opened when Richard Nixon was president and "American Pie" by Don McLean was one of the year's top radio hits.

Over the next 40 years, as the school's undergraduate population grew, space became increasingly tight in the dorms. Waiting lists grew longer. And even the newest hall, Mercer, began showing its age.

Now all that is changing.

The UW is in the midst of a $201 million residence-hall building boom that is remaking the southwest side of campus. The work is bringing thousands of new dorm-style rooms and apartments, a grocery store and a fitness center, and eventually even a 3/4-acre urban farm.

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