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Grand Opening for Ross/Hawkes Hall

Posted on Nov 15, 2013
Campus and community celebrate renovations and upgrades at Ross and Hawkes Hall
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Everyone involved in the project took part in the ribbon cutting event on Friday.

Everyone involved in the project took part in the ribbon cutting event on Friday.

Students at UW-Superior have a new place to live, eat, study and hang-out and they are thrilled.

Friday was the grand opening ceremony for the updated Ross and Hawkes Halls' and the new lobby area connecting the two. The new "Link" is a modern, welcoming place for students to engage in learning.

The partnerships between UW-Superior, the students, the community construction workers and planners was celebrated at the grand opening event.

"It's really great, really kind of a dream. Everything is new and clean and looks great and looks like the Yellowjacket Union," said Brooke Collins, a sophomore at UW-Superior who is a residence hall advisor at Hawkes Hall. Her older sister Brittany Hook, while a student at UW-Superior played a part in the planning process for the new facility and the younger sister feel's that special connection they now share with the facility. "That's pretty cool that she picked out some of the furniture. I really feel like I'm living in a residence hall and that is how it is supposed to feel."

Ross and Hawkes Halls' have been around since the 1960s but in the 80s Hawkes was no longer used as a residence hall and instead hosted community groups and organizations.

But after years of planning, and renovations the buildings are now a progressive example of what can be done when everyone works together.

Ryan Kreuser, is the director of residence life at UW-Superior and was one of many people who played a key role on campus to make the project a success. "Work done by students, for students who are now living in Hawkes Hall, it was a labor of love for those students."

Chancellor Renée Wachter was more than pleased with how it all turned out, "Wow, what a great space. It is absolutely stunning to see what they have been able to do here. I think the residence hall staff and the students here and the committee did an absolutely fabulous job."

Total renovations will be around 15 million dollars when completed. The residence halls feature suite style living with new and improved entrances and study areas. Some of the features include: more attractive common areas, greater bathroom privacy and upgraded building systems a new link structure connecting the two buildings that were first constructed in 1967.

The buildings showcase modern furniture and flooring made with recycled products, new LED lighting, expanded parking lot, an indoor fireplace and outdoor fire-pit just to name a few of the highlights.

Many features that went into the project are the result of suggestions from students who have lived in the residence halls. One such feature is that the rooms in Hawkes Hall will have room-controlled air conditioning. Also, each floor in the two residence halls will have a kitchen, laundry room and lounge.

Brittany Hook was honored to be back on campus for the event. She was a member of the student planning group that helped select furnishings for the project when she was a manager for Hawkes Hall. "Wow, wow, unbelievable and beautiful. It is very exciting to contribute even a small amount to this large project."

The approximately 15 million dollar project was funded entirely by student fees and opened in the fall for the new school year and the Link connecting the two residence halls was just recently completed.

The project will result in the creation of 96 suite-style spaces, 80 single spaces and 264 double spaces. The newly renovated residence halls will be able to house 440 students-that's up about 200 students from the number that Ross Hall could formally accommodate. Work on two floors at Ross Hall still continues.

The halls are located next to each other on Catlin Avenue south of the main campus. The lobby that connects the two buildings includes a lounge area that contains a study area, fireplace, couches and front desk space.

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