Gov. Scott Walker Wednesday approved a request to renovate the University of Wisconsin-Madison's largest residence hall, according to a news release.

The state Building Commission, led by Walker, approved a multi-year project to upgrade Witte Residence Hall by adding new elevators, new floor lounges and larger bathrooms. The two towers that make up the building will be connected in the middle, and a new floor will be added on top of the building, according to UW-Madison's Division of University Housing.

The project will also add central air conditioning, renovate studying spaces and upgrade the 52-year-old building's electrical, plumbing and security systems, UW Housing's website said.

The project is scheduled to begin in March and be completed by August 2019.

Witte Hall is currently home to 1,150 students.