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Caldwell’s College of Idaho plans residence hall expansion, renovation

College of Idaho will begin construction on a new residence hall in summer 2017.
College of Idaho will begin construction on a new residence hall in summer 2017. Provided by College of Idaho

College of Idaho will begin a $17 million renovation and expansion of student housing this summer to meet enrollment growth.

“Living on campus is a big part of The College of Idaho experience,” said Charlotte Borst, C of I president. “We want to give our students the best possible resources and opportunities to live, learn and grow as members of our residential community.”

C of I is planning a 90 bed new residence hall, at a cost of $9 million, at the corner of Oak Street and Illinois Avenue. The new student housing will be a suite style complex with several bedrooms off of a common area and kitchen.

Before constructing new students housing, the Caldwell-based college plans to renovate the 15,000-square-foot Voorhees Hall, constructed in 1912, by adding study rooms, a lounge area, updated furnishings, an elevator and new stairwells. The $4 million project should be completed in six months.

Finney Hall, one of the two original buildings on campus, will undergo a similar $4 million renovation following the Voorhees Hall upgrade. Finney Hall, with 20,000 square feet, was built in 1910.

All work is expected to be completed by summer 2018.

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