When Dennis Shields arrived on the UW-Platteville campus as the new chancellor last year, he immediately recognized a need for more student housing.
But he knew that if he went through the normal channels to build a dorm — which involves a gauntlet of state and university approvals — the project could be delayed for several years.
So instead, he looked for alternatives, eventually settling on a partnership with the UW-Platteville Foundation that put the project in private hands.
“We started to work on this less than 12 months ago,” Shields said. “We’ve broken ground and, barring some catastrophe, we’ll have a new, 600-bed residence hall in place in just over 12 months.”