PLATTEVILLE, Wis. -- Work is progressing on Bridgeway Commons, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville's newest residence hall.
"The project is moving along and we still are planning on completion in August," said Bill Kloster, UW-P Real Estate Foundation director.
All the concrete for the structure has been poured and is ready for use. The building is nearly enclosed, and the roof should be installed in early February. Once that's completed, interior work will begin in earnest.
On Aug. 30, the university, its real estate foundation and other officials broke ground for the residence hall and dining facility just north of Southwest Hall. It will have 416 beds and about 500 seats for dining. It took place the same day as a grand-opening ceremony for Rountree Commons, a six-story, 620-bed hall.
By August the university will have increased its residence hall bed count by more than 1,000 in a span of two years and will meet the needs of increasing student enrollment. In 2006, the university opened Southwest Hall, home to 380 students.
In 2005, then-Chancellor David Markee launched the Tri-State Initiative, which allowed UW-P to add 2,000 students to address future state work force needs -- particularly in the sciences and engineering areas. Residents of neighboring Illinois and Iowa pay less than the normal out-of-state tuition rate for students who would attend UW System schools.
According to Chancellor Dennis Shields, the university has gone from about 5,000 students 10 years ago to more than 7,800 this academic year.