KU’s Oliver Hall to close permanently

photo by: Sara Shepherd

Oliver Hall, located at 1815 Naismith Drive on the University of Kansas campus, is pictured Monday, Feb. 20, 2017.

A University of Kansas residence hall that closed for renovations after the 2018-19 school year will not be reopened, a KU official said Friday.

KU spokesperson Erinn Barcomb-Peterson confirmed Oliver Hall’s permanent closure to the Lawrence Journal-World. She did not answer questions as to why the hall would not reopen.

The building, located at 1815 Naismith Drive, is still listed on the university’s student housing page as only being closed for the 2019-2020 school year. It opened in 1966 and last underwent renovations from 2010 to 2012. The hall housed 600 students when at capacity.

During its closure, the building was originally expected to undergo $26.5 million in renovations, including upgrades to rooms and common spaces and major mechanical upgrades, according to capital improvement plans submitted to the Kansas Board of Regents. It’s unclear how much of that work had been completed or what will happen to the building now that it will not reopen.

The closure leaves KU students with nine residence halls, 12 scholarship halls and the Jayhawker Towers and Stouffer Place Apartments to choose from for on-campus living.


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