Press Release Archive 2011 - 1999

The C of I begins Simplot Residence Hall remodel; Hayman Hall to follow

2008. 04. 14.

CALDWELL Interior demolition has begun for the remodeling of Simplot Residence Hall at The College of Idaho, part of a two-phase project that will add more than 100 beds to campus when it's complete.

The Simplot project will remodel 75 rooms, adding 120 beds to the campus. It will be followed by a renovation of Hayman Hall, which will update and improve another 192 beds.

The College of Idaho has been growing in recent years and enrolled nearly 300 freshmen and transfer students in the fall, the largest new class in several years.

This project is needed because we filled nearly every bed in every available residence hall on campus this year, President Bob Hoover said. The College of Idaho is attracting larger numbers of the best and brightest students every year and we need to improve our residence halls to accommodate them.

The remodeling projects will be done in phases so that students will not have to move off campus during construction.

The first phase of Simplot Hall will open with approximately 30 rooms in fall 2008. The rest of Simplot will be finished at the end of 2008. Hayman Hall renovation will begin after Simplot is complete.

Simplot Hall was built in 1948. It was closed in 2004 due to declining numbers of students living on campus. Hayman was built in 1965.

Renovation work will give both buildings an all-new interior, including plumbing, electrical, air conditioning, flooring, windows and a new roof. The buildings will also be made disabled accessible and will receive technology upgrades to provide updated phone, Internet and cable TV ports in each room.

The project will cost approximately $8.5 million.