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July 21, 2011 

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – Due to anticipated continuing enrollment increases and the desire of returning students to live on campus, Viterbo University has announced plans to construct an $8.5 million apartment style residence complex scheduled to open in fall 2012. 

Construction is expected to begin soon and the facility will be ready for occupancy next fall. The new four-story, 74,972 square-foot facility, which will be named Clare Apartments, will house 118 students in one, two, and four-person apartments. It will feature 46 parking spaces, 33 underground and 13 adjacent to the building. The facility, which will be for sophomore, junior, and senior students, will be located on the northwest side of campus at the corner of Market and Eighth Streets. 

Viterbo student housing will again be at capacity this fall. 

“Enrollment growth has necessitated that we increase opportunities for students requesting housing on or near the campus,” said Viterbo President Rick Artman. “Our goal is to provide an off-campus apartment living experience without the disadvantages of living away from the campus. Students have been actively involved in determining the features and amenities of this project and we’re confident Clare Apartments will be a very popular choice for upperclass students.” 

The general contractor of the project will be C.D. Smith, the same firm engaged to construct Viterbo’s new School of Nursing building. The new residence facility is designed by the architectural firm Eppstein Uhen Architects. 

“Students really like apartment-style residence halls and they are gaining popularity on campuses across the country,” said Rob Forget, Viterbo’s dean of admission. “The new facility is designed for returning students, which will result in more space for freshmen in our other residence halls.” 

In addition, Viterbo is investing more than $2 million in existing housing stock with a substantial renovation of Bonaventure residence hall, which opened in 1966 and is filled to capacity. 

“We want to provide a quality living experience for all residential students,” said Diane Brimmer, vice president of student development. “Our traditional undergraduate students who live on campus tend to be more engaged and do better academically during these important years. We want as many students to live on campus as possible so that they can benefit from all that the Viterbo experience has to offer.” 



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