Construction Of New WSU Residence Hall Begins Next Week

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Update: Thursday, May 23, 2013

Construction for a new Wichita State University residence hall will begin on Sunday, May 26, with the closing of the parking lot south of Cessna Stadium.

The University is planning a new five-story residence hall on the parking lot south of Cessna Stadium which contains 800 stalls. To replace some of those parking spots, a new 400 parking space lot is being constructed along 21st Street, west of the baseball stadium, and will be available in mid-to-late July.

Next week, jobsite trailers will move to the site, along with construction equipment and trailers.

"Even with the parking lot going offline, there should be ample parking for students attending summer school at Wichita State," said Joe Kleinsasser, director of media relations, in a news release.

To find a map and the latest information on where parking is available,click here.

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Construction for a new residence hall and parking lot will start this month at Wichita State University.

The new five-story residence hall will house about 770 students. It will be located on the parking lot south of Cessna Stadium.

To help with the loss of about 750 parking spaces, a new parking lot will be built to accommodate around 400 vehicles. The new parking lot will be constructed on the existing Heskett Center intramural field along 21st Street. The playfield will be relocated to the Hughes Metropolitan Complex.

"It'll be nice to have parking here because this lot [south of the field] fills up," said Jacob Elpers, student.

Elpers felt parking would continue being a challenge on campus.
University officials said there is enough parking on and around campus but people will have to walk further than before.

"This is part of progress and while we get to the point of building parking garages, this will be a very easy change to make," said Wade Robinson, vice president of campus life.

The new parking lot will cost about $500,000 and be paid for by the university's parking system funds. It will be open by Aug. 19.

The new residence hall will cost about $60 million and be paid for by revenue bonds. It will be ready for freshmen by the start of the 2014 fall semester.

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