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 began on March 25, 2019 and is scheduled to complete before fall 2019 move in. Parts of Buchanan Towers will be closed for renovation (see graphics below) and students were relocated prior to construction.

Residents will continue to live in the renovated west wing of Buchanan Towers. For more information about the work being done in the residence hall see Renovation Schedule below.

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:

Please note: University Residences makes every effort to honor “No Noise Work” hours. However, construction projects experience unanticipated issues which can cause noise. Staff work to limit noise occurrences during specified hours.

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

Wednesday, June 12

Concrete chipping with a jack hammer from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

June 9 - June 16

No Noise Work on weekdays from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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.)

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

Construction email sent out to all BT and BTE residents

Monday, April 29

Three bicycle racks on the southwest side of Buchanan Towers will be moved to the west side of the building.

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

Friday, May 3

Both lanes at the south end of South College Drive closed to traffic (7 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

Saturday, May 11

Scheduled power outage from 6 - 9 a.m. during switch from main power to generator

May 13 - May 19

Window demolition and installation will continue on exterior

Demolition and abatement in electrical switchgear room

Plumbing demolition and rough-in in mechanical room

Plumbing rough-in on first floor

Demolition and installation of windows continues

Drywall installation on first floor

Plumbing, electrical on second, fourth, fifth, sixth floors continues

Wall framing on second, fifth, sixth floors

Drywall continues on third floor

Shower pan installation on third and fifth floors

Demolition on fifth, sixth floors

Friday, May 24

1-2 hour power outage between 2-4 p.m. during backup generator switch

May 20 - May 26

Window demolition and installation will continue on exterior

Plumbing demolition and rough-in in mechanical room continues

Demolition continues on fifth floor

Install flooring on second floor

Plumbing and electrical rough-in, shower pans in suites 214 and 215

Drywall continues on third, fourth floors

Plumbing and electrical rough-in on third, fourth, fifth floors

Framing continues on sixth floor

Demolition and abatement seventh floor

Saturday, June 1

Switch from generator power to main power source

May 27 - June 2

Window demolition and installation will continue on exterior

Drywall in mechanical and electrical rooms

Drywall continues on second floor

Install floor in second floor continues

Install shower surrounds and trim on second floor

Wardrobes and cabinets installed on second floor

Mechanical and electrical trim on second floor

Doors and hardware installed on second floor

Drywall continues on third, fourth, fifth floors

Install shower pans on fifth floor

Framing continues on sixth floor

Plumbing and electrical rough-in on sixth floors

Demolition and abatement continues on seventh floor

June 3 – June 6

Bathroom tile chipping on the 8th floor

June 2 – June 9

No Noise Work on weekdays from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.


For transfer and noise questions please contact:

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

For construction questions please contact:

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