Rendering of the Sellery Hall renovation's southeast exterior

Sellery Residence Hall Renovation

May 2020 – August 2023

Sellery Residence Hall, which opened in 1963, is a two-tower structure that is home to 1,150 residents in double rooms. The building is planned to have a major renovation over a three-year span to improve the resident spaces and upgrade the facilities.

In the plans, a new connecting link will be built to connect the two towers of Sellery on all floors, including new elevators and new floor lounges in this central section. New, expanded bathrooms will be created on each resident floor. A new resident floor will be added to the top of building to compensate for resident rooms that will be displaced by the renovations and to accommodate undergraduate enrollment growth. The first floor and basement levels will also see upgrades, with improved classroom, kitchen, and study spaces.

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems will be replaced, adding individual temperature controls in rooms and air conditioning throughout the building (including resident rooms). All windows will be replaced to make the building more energy-efficient.

Other updates planned in this project include updates to painting, flooring, and lighting throughout the resident floors and rooms.

Impacts on Residents During Construction: 2020-21

Below are some important things we want residents to know will be happening during the 2020-21 academic year:

  • While Sellery Residence Hall is under renovation, residents in Sellery will receive a $300 discount on their Housing bill to acknowledge any potential inconveniences, in the form of a $150 credit applied to their Housing account each semester.
  • Construction during the academic year will primarily focus on the new connecting tower between the buildings, new resident space on top of the building, and work in common areas throughout the first floor and basement.
  • As is typical with renovation projects, we anticipate activity, noise, odors, dust, and vibration during construction hours, but we work hard to minimize disruption. Contractors will only be allowed to operate noise-intensive machinery from 8am-7pm daily. Contractors are allowed to be on-site before 8am. There will be no construction at Sellery during finals week except for minor quiet work that will not disrupt residents.
  • Construction workers will not have access to resident rooms or spaces during the school year.
  • Barriers will prevent sharing of air between construction and resident spaces so that we can maintain good air quality for students.
  • To minimize noise and provided added comfort, all resident rooms will have air conditioning throughout the year, at no additional charge.
  • All of the basement and many first-floor common spaces will be closed while undergoing renovations, including the classrooms, the music practice room, the basement lounge, the first-floor main lounge, and the kitchen.
  • Sellery residents will receive free use of washing machines in the building’s laundry facilities during the renovation.
  • Dens on resident floors may eventually become closed to accommodate renovation work.
  • We will offer alternate study spaces specifically for Sellery residents in nearby Housing buildings
  • We recommend that students bring noise-cancelling headphones to help with studying and online classes.
  • Contractors will use the Sellery backyard as a staging area, and it will not be available for use. The green space at the Gordon Dining & Event Center will be available for use most days except for during move-in and move-out.
  • Cable TV coaxial jacks in Sellery may deactivated at some point during the year. HDTV service will still be available through streaming. We recommend that residents who bring a TV choose one that is a smart TV so it can access the streaming service. View the UWNet device compatibility page to see which streaming devices will or will not work on the campus network.
  • Residents will NOT be asked to move rooms during the 2020-21 academic year.
  • Residents will not be able to stay in Sellery during winter break, but all of their belongings can remain in their rooms throughout the winter recess. Residents will not have access to the building during that time.

University Housing will do our best to work with the contractors to make living in Sellery a great experience and to minimize disruptions. We also believe it is important that you know about this renovation when selecting Sellery Hall to live for the 2020-21 academic year.

If you have more questions or feedback about the Sellery renovation project, please email us at sellery.renovation@housing.wisc.edu.