After 46 years, Higgins Hall will officially close its doors on May 12th. In 2008, it was decided that it was too expensive to meet the necessary updates, so the residence hall would be decommissioned instead.
“It just wouldn’t have been a good use of student funds,” said Joe Nixon, Higgins Hall Complex Director. “So with that money we’ve been able to do some other projects like the Corbin Olson project, and updating the Linc/Wash/Grote bathrooms, and some of those things.”
Future plans are scheduled to take place in the next couple years.
“Plans pretty much come down to finances and logistics,” said Nixon. “So as soon as we have enough money we’re going to decommission it, similar to what happened with Wetzel. So we’re not sure if it’s going to be an implosion or a mechanical teardown.”
As a final celebration for the building, Hall Government will be hosting Higgins Blowout Bash this Friday to commemorate all the students it has housed over the last 46 years.
“We really were just looking to do something to recognize all the great residents in Higgins and the alumni,” said Joe Rogers, Higgins Hall President. “We really wanted to show them how much we appreciate them and recognize them and just give them a little fun end of the year party.”
During it’s last few days as a residence hall, many reminisce on their time in Higgins and are sad to see it close.
“Even though we don’t have some of the bells and whistles in Higgins, I can vouch that it’s one of the strongest communities on campus. I’m definitely gonna miss it, I’m gonna miss the students that I’ve worked with, and there will always be a soft spot in my heart for Higgins.”