State Board of Higher Education signs off on UND efforts to transform its campus

The State Board of Higher Education met on Thursday, July 22, and signed off on a number of matters relating to UND, including residence halls, restructuring old debt and demolishing apartment buildings on campus that UND administrators say have reached the end of their useful lives. Thursday’s meeting marked the end of discussion for UND’s student housing consolidation and renewal plan, which has been discussed with the board over the last few months.

“This project, of course, continues our campus wide master plan,” said UND President Andrew Armacost. “In other projects we focused on learning spaces. This is our component that’s focusing directly on residence hall life for our students, an important element of their growth on our campus.”

The plan seeks to consolidate student housing to the west of the English Coulee, around Wilkerson Commons. The idea is to tear down then rebuild West and McVey halls, completely remodel Brannon and make important safety updates to Noren and Selke. The project will create a quad around those residence halls, linked by a hub that connects to Wilkerson.

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