Five building projects at UW-L approved

March 22, 2013

Four of the projects to be funded by student, user and program fees

The State Building Commission has approved five building projects at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse for the 2013-15 biennium.

On March 21, the commission approved $155.8 million in projects. They include $82 million for a new science lab building, funded by state tax dollars, and $8.4 million for a chilled water plant on the west side of campus, funded half by state tax dollars and half by program revenue. Three other projects would be funded by student and user fees, and campus program revenue: $53.3 million for a new student center, $7.6 million for an additional two levels to the parking ramp being constructed, and $4.5 million for a gymnastics and storage facility.

“We’re very excited about these five building projects that are very much needed on our campus,” Says Chancellor Joe Gow. “It’s important to note that program revenue and students are funding nearly $70 million of these projects, while our much-needed new science education facility and part of the water plant are being generously funded through state bonding funds.”

The projects must yet be approved by the state legislature. Specifics include:

Drawing of new science building.

Preliminary drawings of new UW-L Science Labs Building.

Science Labs Building

A new science facility will address lack of space and severely deteriorating infrastructure in the existing physical and life sciences facility. Following new building completion, a second phase would replace or remodel the existing Cowley Hall

Project cost: $82 million (Total state funding)
Location: Current parking lot north of Cowley Hall
Start construction: March 2015
Construction completed: Fall 2017

West Campus Chilled Water Plant

A west campus chilled water plant will augment the capacity of the existing chilled water system. Chilled water distribution piping will be extended from the plant to existing chilled water mains located along the north side of Badger Street just south of Whitney Center. Distribution lateral piping will be installed from exiting campus chilled water distribution mains to three residence halls located on the eastern portion of campus and five residence halls located on the western portion of campus

Project cost: $8.4 million (Half state funding, half program revenue)
Location: Current gravel parking lot southwest of Coate Hall
Start construction: 2014
Construction completed: 2015

Drawing of Student Center.

Architect drawing of new UW-L Student Center.

Student Center

In April 2012, students voted to build a new facility rather than repair Cartwright Center, which had needs that include plumbing, heating, air conditioning, accessibility, safety codes, roofs, flooding after heavy rainfall, and the facility’s overall sustainability

Project cost: $53.3 million (entirely funded by student fees; no state tax dollars)
Location: Current parking lot east of Wimberly Hall
Start construction: Early 2014
Construction completed: Fall 2016

Architecture drawing of parking ramp and police building.

Architect drawing of new UW-L Parking Ramp & Police Building.

Parking Ramp & Police Building

A three-level parking ramp and police services building will help meet demand for on-campus parking is currently under construction and is expected to open later this summer. A fourth and fifth level would be added at the cost of $7.6 million in 2014. The additional spaces will meet anticipated demand when other surface parking is lost to building projects.

Project cost: $7.6 million in 2013-15 Total ramp: $11.725 million (Entirely funded by user fees; no state tax dollars)
Location: Former parking area west of Cleary Alumni & Friends Center
Construction began: July 2012
Entire project completed: Fall 2014

Gymnastics Practice Facility and Storage Building

The first building is the Women’s Gymnastics Practice Facility to accommodate all practice activities of the Women’s Gymnastics Team. The second is a new storage and materials handling building for both heated and non-heated secure general storage space, along with space for campus mail and materials delivery, processing and distribution.

Project cost: $4.5 million (entirely funded by program revenue; no state tax dollars)
Location: North campus, adjacent to the Maintenance and Stores and Landscape Services buildings.
Start construction: 2014
Construction completed: 2015