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April 13, 2007

Purdue trustees approve contract to renovate residence hall

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue University board of trustees on Friday (April 13) approved an $11.43 million contract for the first phase of renovations to Windsor Residence Halls.

"Windsor Residence Halls has served generations of Purdue women and features the distinctive architecture reminiscent of England's oldest and finest universities," said John A. Sautter, vice president for housing and food services. "These renovations are part of an overall plan to bring the buildings up to the expectations of 21st century students."

Construction to upgrade Windsor's Wood Hall is scheduled to begin at the end of the semester. Historic architectural elements will be repaired as needed so that they may be retained. Community bathrooms will be renovated, and fire protection and handicap accessibility will be improved throughout the building. The building will receive a new elevator, all new plumbing and wiring; electrical and mechanical systems will be replaced on an as-needed basis.

After construction is completed during the summer of 2008, Wood Hall will have 76 student rooms, down from 82. All rooms will be air-conditioned for the first time. Eleven rooms will be served by their own bathrooms.

W.A. Sheets & Sons Inc., Fort Wayne, Ind., received the contract, which will be paid with bonds to be financed from University Residences income. University Residences is a self-supporting Purdue department and does not receive any state money or tuition dollars. The Windsor Hall improvements, like all University Residences projects, are paid for through gifts and user fees.

All five of the Windsor buildings are scheduled to receive similar upgrades over the next five years.

"Purdue University Residences is the largest provider of on-campus housing in the nation among programs where participation is completely voluntary," said Barbara Frazee, executive director of University Residences. "The Windsor Residence Halls project is an important part of our strategic plan to ensure that University Residences remains such a popular option."

Purdue University Residences houses nearly 12,000 students on campus.

The Windsor Halls renovations follow the renovation of Windsor Halls Dining Court, which incorporated historical architecture elements into an award-winning, modern facility.

"I anticipate that students will receive improvements to the residence halls as enthusiastically as they have the changes to the dining court," said Wendy Tommas-Dolick, general manager of Windsor Residence Halls.

The Windsor Halls renovation is part of a 14-year University Residences facilities master plan.

Since 2000 more than $134 million in University Residences projects have been completed or are in progress. Cary Quadrangle has been completely renovated. Earhart, Ford and Windsor dining courts have been built or renovated, as have grills in Harrison Hall and Cary Quadrangle. Plans to upgrade fire suppression and install resident room air conditioning campuswide are more than half completed.

Construction has begun on Wiley Dining Court and construction is scheduled to begin later this year on a new residence hall. University Residences also plans to spend $7 million annually in repairs and rehabilitation for work such as roofing, repairing showers and replacing student room furniture.

Writer: Jim Schenke, (765) 494-6262,

Sources: John A. Sautter, (765) 494-1022,

Barbara Frazee,,(765) 494-1000,

Wendy Tommas-Dolick, (765) 494-2612,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;


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