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The Future of WKU Housing & Residence Life

Looking Forward. The Future of WKU Housing & Residence Life

WKU Housing & Residence Life is optimizing the on-campus living experience for current and future students through a 10-year plan to renovate and construct residence halls on WKU's Bowling Green campus.

After an in-depth review of current housing options and extensive focus groups, interviews, and surveys with current WKU students, WKU Housing & Residence Life identified opportunities to improve and enhance the learning-centered community of on-campus living for WKU students. The improvements made will further promote campus living involvement, intensify each student's connection to WKU, and provide a premier living-learning experience. 

Projects include adding community areas to Northeast & Southwest Halls, constructing "Hilltopper Hall," demolishing Barnes Campbell and Bemis Lawrence Halls to create pod-style housing, constructing the Bates Runner Hall Annex, and renovating McCormack Hall.

Improvements include:

  • Large community spaces, such as a "maker-space" to promote hands-on learning and creativity, "iron chef" kitchens for community building and programming, and individual study spaces;

  • The creation of "Global Learning" residence halls, including the relocation of honors and international housing for closer proximity to the Honors College and International Center, as well as more intentional programming that promotes interaction between international and domestic students;

  •  More private, hotel, semi-suite, and pod-style housing options for all student classifications;

  • A late-night dining option inside a residence hall;

  • More structured living-learning programs

  • Enhanced outdoor spaces

  • Lobby renovations

Summer 2016: Construction began on Northeast and Southwest Halls. Improvements included renovated lobbies and the addition of elevators, large kitchens, and community spaces. Fall 2016: Construction began on Hilltopper Hall. Fall 2017: NE & SW Halls complete renovations; Southwest Hall became Honors Housing. Summer 2018: Bathroom Renovations in Bemis Lawrence, Barnes Campbell, Douglas Keen, Hugh Poland and Minton Halls. Fall 2018: Northeast Hall becomes international/domestic housing; New Living Learning Communities available; Hilltopper Hall opens; Completion of designs for new pod-style housing. Winter 2018/2019: bathroom renovations in Pearce Ford Tower; Fall 2021: Bemis Lawrence and Barnes Campbell Halls closing; *Timeline and projects subject to change



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