UNI dorm slated to be closed down for renovations

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KWWL) – Some more changes are coming to on-campus housing at the University of Northern Iowa.  Dancer Hall is one of 11 dorms at UNI and one of the oldest. The 12-story building went up in 1969 and is due to be renovated.

The hall’s website says it won’t be open to students next fall because of “master planning purposes.”  Right now, work is being done to the underground utilities next to the building.

Isabella Roads, is a Dancer Hall resident.

“I mean, we have this construction going on over here too so we have no parking over there too it’s all kind of blocked off. we can’t get across to get into like, we have to go all the way around it’s kind of an inconvenience,” Roads said.

The school’s Executive Director of Residents Glenn Grey, says the university has been working on a long-term plan, and has already renovated other dorms.

“The Department of Residence is currently working with national consulting firms to develop a comprehensive residence master plan to guide future planning and decision-making,” Grey said.

In his written statement, Grey also assured students and parents about dancer hall’s structural integrity.

“There is a rumor that dancer hall is being taken off line after this semester because it is not safe for students to occupy. This rumor is 100% false. If Dancer was unsafe for students to occupy, students would not be living there now,” Grey said.

The university shared its master plans with KWWL:

  • Identifying specific housing needs of first-year, second-year, and upper-division students;
  • Determining the optimal mix of facility type and bed capacity;
  • Reviewing our facilities regarding their functional life, and determining whether to renovate or replace, and at what cost;
  • Analyzing the impact on residential dining, retail operations, and catering services; and
  • Conducting a market analysis relative to the off-campus student rental market.

Another residence hall that’s in the process of being renovated is getting new furnishings, electronic ID card door access to student rooms, and other updates.



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