Rendering of Sellery Hall renovation project exterior

Sellery Residence Hall Renovation

Impacts on Residents During Construction: 2021-22

Below are some important things we want residents to know will be happening during the 2021-22 academic year:

  • While Sellery Residence Hall is under renovation, residents in Sellery will receive a discount on their Housing bill to acknowledge any potential inconveniences. The discounted rate will be displayed on your semester tuition bill. Students benefit from a savings of $300 annually, split between both semesters. To reference the original cost before discount, please visit our Billing and Rates page, and reference your room type and meal plan tier.
  • 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.
  • A campus thermal utility upgrade project will be operating in conjunction with the Sellery Building renovation. This utility project will occupy the space between the building and Park St and Johnson St, respectively. We expect driving lane closures, as well as sidewalks to be rerouted during various phases of this project. Impacts to the bus stop, building entrances, and walking paths are anticipated and may need location and routes changes to occur as construction progresses.
  • 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 to prep for the day, but no loud construction work prior to 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 any dedicated resident 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.
  • The basement and some first-floor common spaces will be closed while undergoing renovations, including the basement lounge. A first-floor lounge, kitchen, music practice room, and classroom/study space will remain open. Other spaces may eventually close to accommodate renovation work.
  • Sellery residents will receive free use of washing machines in the building’s laundry facilities during the renovation.
  • All A-Tower Dens on resident floors are closed for the entire Academic Year. Other 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 have been deactivated, as part of a trend away from wired TV connections. HDTV service will still be available through streaming. Residents who want to use the streaming Spectrum TV channel lineup can do so on the UWNet Wi-Fi network through the SpectrumU app (available for Apple TV, iOS devices, and Android phones/tablets), the SpectrumU website, or the Spectrum TV app (available for most Samsung smart TVs, Xbox One, and Chromecast). For more information on SpectrumU and help docs, visit the UW-Madison KnowledgeBase. For technical support questions, please contact the DoIT Help Desk.
  • Residents will NOT be asked to move rooms during the 2021-22 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 2021-22 academic year.

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