A rendering of the proposed science and health sciences building at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Wisconsin greenlights $589 million in building projects

January 3, 2024

The Wisconsin State Building Commission recently approved approximately $589 million in building projects at state facilities.

Most of the approved funding will pay for expansions and renovations that support university system growth. Seventeen projects that include upgrades to infrastructure at parks, state healthcare facilities and at various state agencies also received funding.

Projects receiving funding include:

  • $344 million for a combined project to build a Health and Science Building at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and replace the lower campus’s chiller and cooling tower. The new instructional spaces will be designed to serve multiple courses, disciplines and programs. The Lower Campus Chiller and Cooling Tower Replacement Project replaces an existing 650-ton centrifugal chiller with a 1,000-ton centrifugal chiller. The new chiller and controls will be connected to and integrated with an existing 1,400-ton chiller and controls to work in parallel.
  • $138.8 million for a new facility at University of Wisconsin-Stout’s Heritage Hall to bring all College of Arts and Human Services programs under one roof.
  • $32.9 million to build a two-story student health and wellness center addition at University of Wisconsin-Steven’s Point’s Champions Hall while providing new accessible parking, a one-story storage area and preserving greenspace.
  • Releasing grant funding of $4.8 million to expand the dental clinic at Children’s Wisconsin Dental Clinic in Milwaukee from approximately 5,200 square feet to 14,000 square feet. Children’s is one of the largest providers of pediatric dental care in Wisconsin. Once this project is complete, Children’s anticipates a significant increase in visit volumes and the number of patients seen, including at least 4,500 additional patients in the first year.
  • $3 million for new restrooms at Wisconsin’s Fair Park, including code-compliant women’s restroom and family restroom facilities.

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Photo courtesy of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Miles Smith

Miles Smith has more than two decades of communications experience in the public and private sectors, including several years of covering local governments for various daily and weekly print publications. His scope of work includes handling public relations for large private-sector corporations and managing public-facing communications for local governments.

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