The University of Washington on Monday unveiled an $850 million proposal to build a series of dorms and apartments on its main Seattle campus to house more than 3,000 students, a step it says is needed to relieve chronic overcrowding.</p>
<p>Much of the construction would be on the west side of campus, which UW officials say could also help create an urban-village atmosphere around "The Ave," as University Way Northeast is known. The plan calls for eight new buildings, each up to six stories high, the first to be completed by the fall of 2011. Many would be built on what are now parking lots.</p>
<p>The UW also would renovate six of the seven main residence halls, while demolishing the seventh -- Mercer Hall, a less popular dorm on the west side of campus.
<p>It is about time for this world-class educational institution to have world-class dorms!</p>