A few weeks ago, chain link fences started going up on the southwest side of campus, then a construction crew set up shop in the Minne parking lot, and just the other day an excavator was tearing up the grass around Baldwin Lounge. I had no idea what was going on, but I heard whispers that they were renovating Kryzsko Commons and Baldwin Lounge, a rumor that was confirmed in a WSU Update email. It seems that most of us students (unless you’re like my roommate who happened to catch this article in the Winona Daily News) are unaware of the details of this plan so I did a little digging of my own to unearth the answers to the questions you are probably asking.
What are the planned renovations?
Why are they renovating Kryzsko Commons?
How much does it cost and how did they get the money?
When will it be finished?
So there you have it; you now know what is going on beyond those fences and tell your friends, too. I think that it is important to share this information because it affects us students most. We are the ones who have to change our walking routes to class and find different study rooms but we are also the ones who will benefit from the all the additional space. I like the quiet of Baldwin Lounge to study between classes but I rarely spend time there because the tables are always full. So I am definitely looking forward to the transformation!
For updates on Kryzsko’s progress and construction photos, check the Kryzsko project website.