UWL hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Science Labs Building on Wednesday, Nov. 16. Taking part were, from left, Allen Nelson, Professor Emeritus Biology ; Eric Lehmann, Vice President, Fowler Hammer; Valentine Schute, Founder/ Principal, River Architects; Jacob Schimmel, UWL Student Association President; State Sen., Jennifer Shilling; Chancellor, Joe Gow; David Miller, Vice President for Administration and Fiscal Affairs, UW System; and Aaron Monte, Chemistry & Biochemistry professor.
Aaron Monte, Chemistry & Biochemistry, spoke on behalf of the faculty about the importance of the space in the new Science Labs Building for faculty and students. Monte said in 1966 the Cowley Hall of Science supported 56 instructional faculty. Today, most departments have tripled in size, leading to 147 total faculty crammed into the building. Student enrollment has more than doubled from 4,514 to 10,546, with much of that growth occurring within what is now the College of Science & Health.
East facing view of the construction site of the UWL Science Labs Building. The total square footage of the building is 187,600
West facing view in the basement of the UWL Science Labs Building. A total of 822 tons of rebar will be used during construction.
A view from Roger Harring Stadium during the early construction phase of the UWL Science Labs Building in September.
Workers from Fowler & Hammer assemble cement forms during the construction of the UWL Science Labs Building. A total of 11,750 cubic yards of structural concrete will be used.
View facing Wimberly Hall. The Science Labs Building is scheduled to be completed in fall 2018.
Wonder why a new Science Labs Building is needed? Here’s a video that shares the importance of the need for adequate facilities in the sciences on the UWL campus.