Kansas University on Wednesday will seek authorization from the Board of Regents for $13.1 million in bonds to renovate Gertrude Sellards Pearson Hall.
The bonds would be issued by the Kansas Development Finance Authority and paid off from housing system revenues and other funds at KU.
Gertrude Sellards Pearson Hall was built in 1955 and currently serves as a women’s residence hall.
The four-story building currently has 232 rooms.
The renovation will include all student rooms and public spaces, excluding the main lobby, which was recently renovated.
The dining center and kitchen also will be renovated and the building will be made accessible and compliant with current codes and more energy efficient.
After the renovation, the building will be co-ed.
The renovation is expected to start this summer and take a year with GSP re-opening for the 2012-13 academic year.
Students who would otherwise be living in GSP will be accommodated in other student housing during the project, according to KU spokesman Jack Martin.