UHDS Admin

Housing Facility Improvements and Projects

The following are current projects to address our facilities needs while taking into consideration student needs and the residence life program. Looking forward, it is not likely feasible to renovate all of our facilities to “like-new” condition so we must concentrate our efforts in specific areas to reduce the deferred maintenance liability and to increase student satisfaction. 



Project Complete

Thompson Hall Lobby Renovation

This renovation will involve a complete remodel of the information desk and cosmetic finishes such as ceilings, flooring, lighting and wall finishes in the main lobby. 

Project in Planning

Higgins Hall Removal

Open in 1967, Higgins Hall was used for nearly four decades as a home for over 25,000 Western students. This project includes a full demolition of the Higgins Hall building.  After removal the site will return to green space.

Project Completed

Thompson Hall Renovations

This major renovation replaced the existing exterior wall, windows, HVAC and added new student room furniture.


Project in Construction

Lincoln/Washington Student Room and Restroom

The Lincoln/Washington Hall renovation project was completed over a period of 2 years, with overall completion in August 2012. Washington Hall student rooms and lounge were renovated during the 2010-2011 academic year and Lincoln Hall student rooms and lounge were renovated during the 2011-2012 academic year. Bathroom renovations were scheduled for the Summer periods.



Project Completed

Corbin/Olson Renovation

Both Corbin and Olson Halls underwent a major renovation which lasted over a 2-year period. This is the largest UHDS project since the construction of Grote Hall in 2004. 


Project Completed

Wetzel Hall Removal

In the Summer of 2012, this project included the complete demolition of Wetzel Hall. Currently in progress is the creation of new green-space area in the North Quad. Learn more about the Wetzel Celebration at www.wiu.edu/wetzel