Webster Hall is scheduled to be redeveloped during 2017-2019. The Webster Hall redevelopment project will increase the bed count over the current Webster Hall, from 266 to 390 beds. The project will also include a new Area Service Desk for Cuarto, as well as a new computer center, mailroom, and faculty in-residence apartment. Webster Hall will feature residence hall-styled rooms (no kitchens); like all residence halls, residents will eat in the dining commons. The project cost is estimated to be $45 million.
The new facility will better serve the living/learning environment which is critical to a residential experience. The property will have increased program space and will be designed to foster community development and interaction.
The 2020 plan requires a substantial increase in beds to be provided by the University. The existing site has additional capacity if the buildings are replaced—up to 124 additional beds at Webster Hall.
New 4 story building; 390 total beds - an increase of 124 beds over the current Webster Hall structure:
Webster Hall is anticipated to be LEED certified–and will strive for LEED Gold–under the LEED-Building Design and Construction rating system, formerly known as New Construction and Major Renovations..
The LEED green building certification program promotes a whole building sustainability approach by recognizing performance in five areas: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
The estimated budget (as of June 2016) is $45 million. It will be funded through a combination of financing and equity contributions from Student Housing reserves. Student tuition is not allocated toward the construction of residence halls.
Student Housing, in partnership with Design & Construction Management and an architect team, completed student focus groups during Spring 2015 and conducted an on-line survey which went to all residents living in Cuarto. Students, along with staff who work in the Cuarto area, provided input on the building, floor and room designs along with the preferred amenities they thought would benefit first-year students.
Begins summer 2017
Fall 2017 through summer 2019