Our oldest residence hall on campus is getting a make-over!
We are in the design phase of a plan to modernize Lawther Hall to accommodate the changing needs of students. Modernization of Lawther Hall presents an opportunity to expand UNI’s housing inventory to include additional options for returning students who desire accommodations beyond a double room in a traditional residence hall. Conceptual plans include single and double rooms, suite-style housing, semi-private restrooms and more community space all in a fully air-conditioned hall. It will also be updated to include ADA accessibility into the facility and an elevator, something that it currently does not offer.
Current planning includes utilizing Lawther Hall each summer for conferences as well. The newly modernized hall will be desirable for adult groups, given it will be fully air conditioned, have single rooms and semi-private bathrooms; in addition to the proximity to faculty offices, programming and retail space in Commons, a parking ramp and courtyard.
Lawther Hall closed to begin renovations in May 2015 and will remain closed for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years, with plans to reopen in August 2017.
History of Lawther Hall
- Constructed in 1938
- A major addition took place in 1950
- Utilizes the original steam radiator heat system
- The last all-female hall on campus - will become a co-ed hall when re-opens