The Gilbert Hall Modernization project, part of a larger residential renaissance on the NIU campus, creates an exceptional living and learning environment for students. In 1952, Gilbert Hall opened as the first men's dorm, and was closed in 1995 to be used as offices. At the start of the modernization project, much of Gilbert Hall was unused.
The comprehensive modernization of this 75,000 SF building maintains its traditional charm, while featuring modern amenities that students desire. Gilbert Hall is now an extremely popular living option because of its location on East Campus.
The renovated four-story building entails air conditioning, new furnishings, large exercise room, elevator, wireless internet, lounges, meeting spaces for hall council, along with laundry facilities and vending. Additionally, the building is equipped with an updated heating and sprinkler system, new bathrooms, a safety center for NIU police, and a new cyber-cafe dining area with an outdoor patio. The residence hall offers single rooms, double rooms, and expanded double rooms. These amenities help foster Gilbert's community feeling while creating a living experience for students conducive to the educational environment.