Community members attended a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for the 84-student residence hall set to go up on the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County campus this summer.
Kelly Young, director of student housing operations for Bluffstone, the Iowa firm building and operating The Villas at Baraboo, invited university, city and county leaders to say a few words before grabbing their shovels.
“This means so much to campus and will really change the face of student life here in Baraboo,” she said.
UW-Baraboo Dean Tom Pleger said the partnership among the university, city and county has created a unique model for providing access to higher education in the area, and the addition of student housing will add another facet to that relationship.
“Today, this really moves us in a tremendous step forward,” he said. “… We know we’ll be able to reach out beyond our 30-minute range and attract more students from further away.”
Baraboo Mayor Mike Palm said the endeavor will be a positive development for the university, county and city.
“This coupled with the new science building will provide for a quality education experience for our residents, and for people coming into the college, at a very affordable price,” he said. “And that’s something we can all be proud of.”
“What a wonderful day for this facility and for the UW System,” said Sauk County Board Chair Marty Krueger. “Also a great day for the other partners in this.”
Construction is scheduled to take place during the next few months, Young said, and the hall is expected to welcome its first group of student residents for the fall semester.