- Associated Press - Monday, June 16, 2014

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Washburn University plans to build a 350-bed residence hall on the east side of its Topeka campus to end waiting lists for housing and ease congestion in its student union dining hall.

The university’s Board of Regents approved the hiring of an architectural firm last week. Officials say construction is expected to begin next March, with the hall expected to be ready in August 2016.

The new hall will have its own dining space and cost about $30 million to build.

Washburn vice president Rick Anderson said some prospective students are bypassing the university because of housing issues. Washburn has had waiting lists for housing for four years.

The additional dining hall will also relieve lunchtime congestion in the Memorial Union.

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