- Associated Press - Saturday, February 27, 2016

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Board of Regents has approved a bond sale for housing improvements on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

The board unanimously approved on Thursday an award of $23.8 million in dormitory revenue bonds for the renovation of Lawther Hall, which is already under way, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported (https://bit.ly/1WQPOp4 ).

The renovation project includes asbestos removal, compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, air conditioning and electrical and mechanical system improvements. Rooms will be redesigned as suites with semi-private bathrooms.

The design is popular among students, said Glenn Gray, UNI’s Director of Residence. Gray said about 37 percent of UNI students live on campus.

“Students are telling us we’re moving in the right direction,” Gray said.

Plans call for about one-third of on-campus residences to eventually be renovated into suites.

The board also heard a proposal for room and board rate increases at the university.

The plan calls for a 3.5 percent increase for its most popular residence hall and meal plan for coming school year. That would bring room and board cost to about $8,500, although rates vary.

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Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, https://www.wcfcourier.com

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