Sandburg Hall Renovation Project Set To Get Underway

Sandburg Hall Renovation Project Set To Get Underway

After many years of planning, the Sandburg Hall renovation project will be underway this summer. The renovation will start in August, and will continue over the next three years as work is completed in each of the three traditional towers (South, North, and West).

The project includes the following:

  • Replacing plumbing and pipes
  • Renovating elevators and controls
  • Updating the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems
  • Updating fire alarm and smoke detection systems
  • Expanding the number of rooms and suites available under ADA standards

The planned timeline of work is as follows:

  • August 2019-May 2020: Partial South Tower (Floors 6-20)
  • May 2020-July 2020: Entire South Tower (Floors 1-20)
  • August 2020-May 2021: Partial North Tower (Floors 10-26)
  • May 2021-July 2021: Entire North Tower (Floors G-26)
  • August 2021-July 2022: Entire West Tower (Floors 1-16)
  • As each tower is worked on, elevator project proceeds simultaneously: one elevator in the spring, one in the summer, one in the following fall


Once into the construction phase, University Housing will be adjusting its building occupancy strategy to accommodate as many students as possible.

During this time, RiverView Residence Hall will revert to its original status as a building open to first-year students. In addition, unaffected areas of the Sandburg Traditional Towers (North, South, West) will have limited availability for upper-level students.

Therefore, continuing students will mostly live in the following buildings: Sandburg East, Kenilworth Square Apartments, and Cambridge Commons. New first-year students will mostly live in: Sandburg North, Cambridge Commons, Sandburg West, and RiverView Residence Hall.

Meanwhile, as with all construction projects, some amount of noise and disruption to traffic is to be expected. UWM will be doing as much as possible to limit the affect of this project on our community.

University Housing will have agreements in place related to when work will be done. This is done primarily to accommodate the sleep/study cycles of our residents while also dampening noise for the neighborhood immediately surrounding the residence halls.

Both staging areas are north of the Sandburg Complex, with the primary entrance being the driveway closest to the intersection of Maryland Ave. & Newport Ave. Frequent truck and equipment traffic will be on that block for the duration of the project.

For more information about the renovation project, visit If you have questions about the project, please call or email University Housing at (414) 229-4065 or