University of Kansas plans new residence hall

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – The University of Kansas is considering construction of $51 million residence hall to house an expected increase in international students.

The university says the 500-bed residence hall would be built next to Oliver Hall. It would include a new dining center for the existing and new residence halls.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports  that the school currently has 2,238 international students. Earlier this year, it signed a contract with a firm to recruit international students.

The project will include creating an academic resource center in Oliver Hall. The project will be paid for with housing and dining funds and bonds sold through the Kansas Development Finance Authority.

School officials say construction should start in the spring of 2016 and the hall will be open in the summer of 2017.

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