ISU Watterson Towers Residence Hall | Poettker Construction

ISU Watterson Towers Residence Hall

 Location:  Normal, IL      Owner: Illinois State University    |    Architect:  Cordogan Clark

Illinois State University (ISU) selected Poettker Construction Company as the general and coordinating contractor for the 2.5 year long, multi-phased Watterson Towers renovation in Normal, Illinois.

This 28-story twin-tower residence hall complex, which opened in 1968, is comprised of ten individual “houses”, five per tower with each house including five separate floors.  Each house is comprised of 24 individual residence suites.

Key components of this project included:

  • interior renovations to the residence rooms
  • upgrading the six bridges that connect the towers with a MDF wall panel system highlighted by the color pertaining to that bridge
  • extensive exterior concrete repair and restoration
  • residence renovations
  • restroom upgrades
  • installation of a new fire sprinkler system


Phased Construction 

Health / Life / Safety Renovation

Enhanced ADA Accessibility

Extensive Exterior Restoration 


Poettker Construction is one of the best general contracting companies I have had the pleasure to work with. Poettker was under budget on the project and kept change orders to a minimum.

Due to the complexity of the project, safety was paramount for the protection of the students. This was a fully occupied building while we were in construction. In addition, Poettker had mast climbers on both towers requiring the contractor to build covered walkways around the towers. Their overall safety program and coordination was excellent.

– William (Bill) Waters, Retired Director of Construction Admin.
Illinois State University


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