The university will raze and rebuild Rutherford residence hall, despite protests from some students and alumni who had hoped to preserve the 72-year-old building. The building, which now houses 159 students, will be torn down in the spring and replaced with a new building that will hold 260 students. UGA administrators have pledged to stay true to the architectural style of the old building in constructing the new hall. It is expected to be ready for occupancy by fall 2013. Rutherford Hall was constructed in 1939, a project of the federal Public Works Administration. It was named for Mildred (Millie) Rutherford, who served the Lucy Cobb Institute in various capacities for 48 years, including principal and director. Officials said the new residence hall will continue the Rutherford name.