TWIN FALLS — The College of Southern Idaho is moving forward with plans to build a new dormitory, which could open in two years.
CSI is seeking a change to its on-campus height restriction with the city of Twin Falls to allow for a three-story residence hall with apartment-like suites. The project is part of an effort to encourage more students to live on campus and get plugged in with college activities.
The new dorm will be on CSI’s Twin Falls campus near the existing 240-bed Eagle Hall dormitory — currently, the only residence hall. CSI also manages the off-campus Northview and Eagle View apartments.
In the new dorm, the college wants to build up to 50 feet high instead of its current 35-foot limit.
“We want to align with the city’s height restrictions,” CSI vice president of administration Jeff Harmon said Friday. The amendment process typically takes several months.
Another step for the project: The college will work with financial advisers on how to issue bonds. Harmon said he doesn’t have an estimate yet of what the dorm project will cost.
“It all depends on how large we go,” he said. “We haven’t started putting a price tag to anything yet.”
The new dorm will also include the main commercial kitchen for CSI’s campus, instead of in the Taylor Building’s cafeteria.
Once a new dorm opens, CSI plans to pursue a renovation of the existing Eagle Hall into a more contemporary layout with apartment-style suites.
Dean of Students Jason Ostrowski wasn’t available to comment Friday afternoon. An Eagle Hall housing coordinator, who’s new on the job, said he wasn’t involved with the project.
During an Oct. 13 meeting, CSI officials also gave the board of trustees a report about the college’s long-term master plan for other future building projects, but nothing’s in the works yet.
Buildings in the art complex are nearing the end of their lifespan, Harmon said, with the exception of one white brick building. Also, once the new dorms are finished, they’ll infringe on the art complex and crowd out that area.
Another topic of conversation is bringing back the veterinary technology program to campus.
“It’s just a matter of when,” Harmon said. Currently, it’s in a leased space in downtown Twin Falls.
But for all of the facility proposals beyond the new dorm, they’re just goals at this point. There aren’t any plans or timelines.
Said Harmon: “These are all just very conceptual.”