Rountree Commons sees positive feedback
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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Rountree Commons, one of the newest University of Wisconsin-Platteville residence halls, has received positive feedback from its residents and the surrounding community since opening in August 2012.
“We have done a pretty good job about being proactive and trying to build positive relationships with the neighbors,” said Trapper Mitchell, Rountree Commons resident director. To answer questions and concerns when the building opened last year, community members were invited to a private open house.
Rountree residents are also giving back to the community through the adopt-a-park program. The idea was suggested by the UW-Platteville Real Estate Foundation to support the community. “We thought it would be a great opportunity for Rountree and for the students,” said Mitchell. Rountree staff and students are responsible for monitoring Valley View Park and host two park cleanups a year.
Rountree Commons has also received a favorable reception from the students.
“The high number of returners really shows that students like it here,” said Mitchell. “We have gotten a lot of positive feedback from students and I think Rountree has really been folded into campus well.” Of the 620 students living in the building, about 300 are returning from last year.
“I like the overall atmosphere of Rountree,” said Hannah Pease, sophomore political science and business administration major from Adams-Friendship, Wis. and Rountree Commons resident assistant. “It really has everything you could want in a residence hall and you have the opportunity to meet so many people.”
Many of the concerns regarding the building of an off campus residence hall have been resolved over the past year. “The main concerns people had last year were parking and student behavior,” said Bill Kloster, UW-Platteville Real Estate Foundation director. “With such a large concentration of students, there was worry about unruly traffic.”
“Getting to know the new patterns caused some friction, but it was a fairly routine first time opening of a new hall,” said Scott Marquardt, university police chief. Though Rountree Commons is off campus, the building is under the jurisdiction of university police.
To regulate the limited parking available, students are allowed only to park in resident parking lots on campus while street parking is designated to neighborhood residents with parking permits from the city. “Parking concerns have turned out to be much less impactful than originally thought to be,” said Doug McKinley, Platteville police chief.
A fire one month after the building was opened provided a learning opportunity for those involved. “It was a good opportunity to practice some of the communication with campus and for emergency responders and the police to learn about the building,” said Marquardt. “We learned some good lessons.”
Rountree Commons is owned by the Real Estate Foundation, which was founded by the UW-Platteville Foundation in December 2010. “This type of set-up offers the university with choices and flexibility to build in much less time,” said Kloster.
The residence hall features two-bedroom suites, a convenience store and fitness center.
Contact: Bill Kloster, UW-Platteville Real Estate Foundation, (608) 342-1231, firstname.lastname@example.org
Written by: Nicole Smith, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, email@example.com
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