Buchanan Towers Renovation Project

Western Washington University is in the middle of a two-year, $24.5 million renovation of the Buchanan Towers residence hall on south campus.

Phase I of the construction project was completed in November 2018.

Phase II begins on March 25 and is scheduled to complete before fall 2019 move in. Parts of Buchanan Towers will be closed for renovation (see graphics below) and students will move out of the areas under construction before March 24.

Residents will continue to live in the renovated west wing of Buchanan Towers.

Students required to move before March 24: BT South Wing Suite numbers ending in 11 through 18.

Bike parking
Construction area
Safe pathways

Student Experience Impacts

  • Construction related noise, vibrations, utility outages and other inconveniences will occur during working hours (see Construction Hours below)
  • A crane may block the road for a few days
  • Parking and contractor staging area location will be near the building in the parking lot
  • One of the two elevators will be offline to students and designated for construction work during work hours
  • A dump trailer will remove trash from the work site during class hours

Construction Hours

Due to the high volume of work, construction crews will work extended hours to meet the September 15 deadline. Residents will experience construction noise outlined in the times below:

Days of the Week No Noise Work Noise Work
Weekdays 7 a.m. - 8 a.m. 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday N/A N/A
Days of the Week No Noise Work Noise Work
Weekdays 7 a.m. - 8 a.m. 8 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Weekends 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. 10 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Days of the Week No Noise Work Noise Work
Weekdays 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. N/A
Weekends N/A N/A
Days of the Week No Noise Work Noise Work
Weekdays 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. N/A
Weekends N/A N/A
Days of the Week No Noise Work Noise Work
Weekdays 7 a.m. - 8 a.m. 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday N/A N/A

Renovation Schedule

April 15 - April 19

North-bound portion of South College Way road closed Friday, April 19

Scaffold system set up

Removal of windows

Exterior brick cleaning and sealing

Interior electrical and plumbing work

Furniture removal on floors four through seven

Demolition and asbestos abatement on floors two and three

Frame new doors, walls and bathrooms on floor two

April 22 - April 26

Scaffold system set up

Removal of windows

Exterior brick cleaning and sealing

Interior electrical and plumbing work

Window installation starts on floor two

Furniture removal continues on floors six and seven

Demolition and asbestos abatement on floors three and four

Framing continues on floors two and three

April 29 - May 3

Scaffold system set up

Removal of windows

Exterior brick cleaning and sealing

Interior electrical and plumbing work

Window installation continues on floor two and three

Furniture removal on floors seven and eight

Demolition and asbestos abatement on floors three through six

Framing continues on floors two and three

Thursday, Oct. 24

Email invitation to 10/29/18 meeting sent to all BT & BT East residents

Monday, Oct. 29

Information Meeting 6pm - 7pm @ BT Main Lounge

Thursday Nov. 1

Survey to residents in South Wing to collect preferences for new assignments - Area Admins will work hard to relocate students based on those preferences.

Friday, Nov. 2

Showroom BT 603 open in renovated side from 3pm - 4pm with Campus Architect Sherri Montgomery available to discuss renovation

Thursday, Nov. 15

Move Preference Survey closes midnight

Monday, Nov. 19

Survey Data compiled and move offers begin going to students

Friday, Dec. 14

Phase I roofing scheduled to be completed (date may vary)

Thursday, Jan. 3

Intersession BT moves complete

Monday, Jan. 7

BT moves resume after intersession

Saturday, March 23

All Buchanan Towers residents must remove their bikes from the indoor storage locker. UPD must cut locks on Sunday, March 24 and hold onto bikes until resident can prove ownership.

Sunday, March 24

BT South Wing moves complete - rooms vacant and ready for furniture removal

Monday, March 25 – Monday, April 1

Contractor site mobilization and set up of work areas, fencing and area protection.

Sunday, March 31

Spring quarter hours in affect

Monday, April 1

Domestic water shut down 7 a.m – 7 p.m. Students can use facilities at Student Rec Center, common kitchen facilities in Buchanan Towers East and facilities in Fairhaven Commons.

Thursday, April 4

Information meeting 6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m in BT Third Floor Lounge

Tuesday, April 2 – Monday April 9

Demolition/hazardous material reduction begins in BTC south tower

Monday, April 8

Short section of northbound lane closed just west of Buchanan Towers (7 a.m. – 3 p.m.)

Wednesday, April 10

Short section of northbound lane closed just west of Buchanan Towers (7 a.m. – 3 p.m.)

Thursday, April 11

Short section of northbound lane closed just west of Buchanan Towers (7 a.m. – 3 p.m.)


For transfer and noise questions please contant:

Charlotte Scott
Office hours at BT: Friday 1:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
360-650-2532Charlotte.Scott@wwu.edu

For construction questions please contant:

Terence Symonds
360-650-7322Terence.Symonds@wwu.edu