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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

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Quads to be demolished, replaced by 2020


The Quads are set to be demolished and replaced, according to UH’s Master Plan. | File photo/The Cougar

UH has announced plans to demolish the Quadrangle in favor of providing new on-campus housing to encourage student success as part of UH’s Master Plan.

Don Yackley, the executive director of Student Housing and Residential Life, said replacing the Quads will add more valuable options to the UH housing system.

“Our goal is to support student success by providing more housing options on campus with proximity to classes, services and involvement opportunities for students at every class level,” Yackley said. “We know that students who are well-connected to services on campus and who are involved on campus tend to do better academically.”

The Quads are the oldest residential buildings on campus and have served students since 1950. According to Yackley, replacing the Quads is crucial to the University’s mission of fulfilling student needs.

The 2015-2020 Campus Master Plan outlines a housing goal of 9,008 new beds by 2020, a 2.3 percent growth. It shows new “Cougar Place-like” dorms and the possibility of townhouses to replace the Quads.

“Currently, we are exploring different types of housing options,” Yackley said. “We are currently not exploring townhouses in the traditional sense (but) are looking at housing ideas to maximize independence and privacy for students while balancing affordability and potential unique community concepts, which may borrow aspects from a townhouse model.”

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