William & Mary announces 10-year plan to update halls of residence and dining halls – Daily Press

The College of William & Mary’s living quarters and dining halls are getting a long-awaited makeover.

On Thursday, the school announced a new 10-year plan to renovate its residence and dining halls. The plan, in the works since 2019, will replace or renovate 80% of the current facilities.

“A student-friendly residential experience is essential to a William & Mary education,” university president Katherine Rowe said in a statement, adding that the school aims “to ensure that university accommodation and restaurants will enhance the academic mission of William & Mary for generations to come.”

According to William & Mary, the school will use a “multi-faceted approach to develop and fund different aspects of the plan through a combination of traditional university funding, leveraging its relationship with the William & Mary Real Estate Foundation and seeking out public-private partnerships. with third-party developers.

Currently, the school has 70 individual residences, totaling approximately 5,000 beds. Less than half of these beds are in fully air-conditioned and ventilated buildings, and the average age of on-campus housing is 54 years old.

When completed, the plan will reduce the number of halls of residence to 55, while maintaining the same number of beds. In addition to ensuring 100% of on-campus housing is air-conditioned, more social and study spaces will be added to housing, providing students with common areas where they live in an effort to modernize to fit the way whose spaces students want to use.

Throughout the process, the school will have the possibility to modify the number of beds according to the potential evolution of the housing situation during the 10-year project.

The plan will unfold in three phases, the first of which is already in the planning phase. Using a phased approach, the school will be able to consistently maintain at least 4,500 beds, or approximately 90% of its current capacity, to minimize the impact on students during construction.

Earlier this school year, William & Mary experienced “unforeseen levels” of student demand for on-campus housing due to COVID and changes in the local housing market, according to Maggie Evans, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Residence Life Director.

With more upperclass students wanting to live on campus than the school had anticipated, around 600 students were initially unable to get into student accommodation for the 2022-23 school year. . After an adjustment by the school, which included keeping One Tribe Place available as a residence hall despite previous plans to take it offline, the majority of these students were placed in on-campus facilities. The waiting list currently stands at less than 20.

Although the school does not expect to add more beds with the housing plan, it is “confident that we will be well placed to house students who wish to be on campus as the local housing market stabilizes. “said Ambler.

Members of the university’s board of visitors heard a presentation on the 10-year plan during a joint session at the board’s April meeting. Council will consider a resolution Friday supporting the plan, and approval for the initial phase of the project is expected to come to council in September.

The first phase includes the renovation of Old Dominion and Monroe Halls as well as the construction of a new residence hall adjacent to the current Lemon and Hardy Halls, as well as new living and dining facilities on the newly-marked West Campus.

This phase also includes the demolition of Yates Hall, Green & Gold Village, Commons Dining and the Campus Center site. The projected cost for the first phase is $234 million and construction is expected to begin in May 2023.

In subsequent phases, six new facilities are expected to be built, including a dining hall, residence halls and a campus center. Four other facilities, including the Randolph and Botetourt complexes and the Richmond and Dupont halls, will be demolished and five additional buildings will undergo renovations.

Although still dependent on discussions, the total projected cost for phases two and three is between $450 million and $550 million.

Sian Wilkerson, [email protected], 757-342-6616

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