University of Wisconsin–Madison
Rendering of 2019 Witte Hall renovation

Witte Residence Hall Renovation

March 2017 – August 2019

Construction Update

Contractors continue to work on the connecting tower and the new eleventh floor throughout the spring semester, as well as work on new bathrooms and new elevators. See more details below on impacts during the 2017-18 academic year.

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Witte Residence Hall, which opened in 1964, is a two-tower structure that is home to 1,150 residents in double rooms. University Housing is planning a major renovation to this building over a two-year span to address mechanical issues, improve the resident spaces, and upgrade the facilities.

In the plans, a new connecting link will be built to connect the two towers of Witte 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. The first floor and basement levels will also see upgrades, with improved classroom, kitchen, and studying 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. Additional upgrades include replacing electrical systems, plumbing, security systems, and fire safety systems.

Other updates in this project will include carpeting of all resident rooms and updates to painting and lighting throughout the resident floors and rooms.
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Impacts on Residents During Construction: 2018-19

Below are some important things we want residents to know will be happening during the 2018-19 academic year

  • All resident rooms will have air conditioning throughout the year, at no additional charge, to provide added comfort during warm weather and to help minimize noise and dust from construction. Air conditioner covers are also provided at the front desk to be used during the colder months.
  • All resident rooms now have new windows, providing added noise reduction.
  • Residents will have newly renovated bathrooms and common areas on each floor, as well as new elevators and a new laundry area in the basement.
  • Floors 9, 10, and 11 are expected to be fully renovated by August 2018 for fall move-in, and residents on these floors will not be moved during the school year.
  • Floors 2 and 3 will remain unrenovated throughout the school year, and residents on these floors will not be moved.
  • Some residents will need to move during the 2018-19 academic year from their room on a non-renovated floor to a new room on a renovated floor. Moving assistance will be available at no charge to interested students who need to move mid-year. These residents will be notified far in advance and will receive an additional discount.
  • Some basement and common spaces will be closed while undergoing renovations, including the classroom, the music practice room, the basement lounge, and the kitchen.
  • Contractors will use the back yard as a staging area, and it will not be available for use. The green space right across the street at the Gordon Dining & Event Center will be available for use.
  • Construction during the academic year will primarily focus on renovating unoccupied resident floors and work in common areas throughout the first floor and basement.
  • Contractors will only be allowed to operate noise-intensive machinery from 8am-8pm daily, with additional limitations during final exams, December 2018 and May 2019. Contractors are allowed to be on-site before 8am. There will be no construction at Witte during finals week except for minor quiet work that will not disrupt the residents.
  • As with typical renovation projects, we are anticipating lots of activity, with some noise, odors, and vibration during construction hours.
  • All Witte residents’ room rates will be discounted as a way to acknowledge any potential inconveniences.
  • Some residents in expanded housing in other buildings will move to a renovated room in Witte during the academic year.
  • Residents will not be able to stay in Witte 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 Witte a great experience and to minimize disruptions. We also believe it is important that you know about this renovation when selecting Witte Hall to live for the 2018-19 academic year.

  • Impacts on Residents During Construction: 2017-18

    Below are some important things we want residents to know will be happening during the 2017-18 academic year

    • All resident rooms will have a window air conditioner unit throughout the year, at no charge, to provide added comfort during warm weather and to help minimize noise and dust from construction. Air conditioner covers are also provided at the front desk to be used during the colder months.
    • All resident rooms will have new windows by the fall, providing added noise reduction.
    • Some basement and first floor common spaces will be closed while undergoing renovations.
    • Dens on resident floors will be reduced in size during the fall semester and will be closed during the spring semester. Additional community spaces on the first floor of Witte will be available during the spring semester to compensate for the loss of floor dens.
    • Contractors will use the back yard as a staging area, and it will not be available for use. The green space right across the street at the Gordon Dining & Event Center will be available for use.
    • Construction during the academic year will primarily focus on the new connecting tower between the buildings and a new resident floor on top of the building.
    • Contractors will only be allowed to operate noise-intensive machinery from 9am-8pm daily, with additional limitations during final exams, December 2017 and May 2018. Contractors are allowed to be on-site before 9am.
    • As with typical renovation projects, we are anticipating lots of activity, with some noise and vibration during construction hours.
    • Residents will NOT be asked to move rooms during the 2017-18 academic year. Residents will not be able to stay in Witte during winter break, but all of their belongings can remain in their rooms throughout the winter recess.
    • All Witte residents’ room rates will be discounted $400 as a way to acknowledge any potential inconveniences.

    University Housing will do our best to work with the contractors to make living in Witte a great experience and to minimize disruptions.