UW unveils proposal to build new dorms

<p>Education</a> | UW has a huge plan for housing | Seattle Times Newspaper</p>

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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.

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<p>It is about time for this world-class educational institution to have world-class dorms!</p>

<p>"urban-village atmosphere around "The Ave," as University Way Northeast is known"</p>

<p>It has an urban village atmosphere right now--Third World urban village.</p>

<p>I kid. Nice plan. Does it require state approval/funding like the football stadium fiasco?</p>

<p>barrons, the article says the board will vote to authorize student fee increases to pay for the dorms. In WA, state funding is strictly reserved for sports satdiums ;)</p>

<p>I thought Tim's Law required all fee increases to get a vote by the state. Is the UW exempt?</p>

<p>Here is the update:</p>

<p>Local</a> News | UW Regents approve fee hike for new dorms | Seattle Times Newspaper</p>

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The University of Washington Board of Regents voted this afternoon to begin collecting money from student-housing fees to pay for an ambitious program of building new dorms and apartments.</p>

<p>UW housing officials have proposed an $850 million plan to build a series of new six-story dorm and apartment buildings and to renovate existing dorms. Thursday's vote doesn't commit regents to specifics, but does allow them to start building a bank account for the overall plan.</p>

<p>Students getting the basic bed-and-food plan in the dorms will see an increase in rates of $246 per academic year, from $6,138 to $6,384 effective July 1. That increase includes both regular cost hikes and the new building fee.

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<p>Hmmm, you are right about Tim's law. May be they are exempt.</p>

<p>A-ha, here come the copycats (pun intended):</p>

<p>Local</a> News | Washington State Regents approve new dorms, new schools | Seattle Times Newspaper</p>

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The Washington State University Board of Regents has approved construction of the first new student housing to be built on campus in more than three decades.</p>

<p>The regents today approved the 229-bed, $26 million Olympia Avenue student housing project. The new residence hall is the first to be built on the Pullman campus since the early 1970s.</p>

<p>The new dorm is scheduled to open in fall 2009, paid for with bonds and student residence hall fees.</p>

<p>The regents also approved making the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication an independent school, separate from the College of Education.</p>

<p>They also approved creation of the School for Global Animal Health in the College of Veterinary Medicine. It will focus on research on animal-human diseases.

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<p>Hate to say it..but WSU's dorms and campus are better than UW's.</p>