UW-La Crosse waiting for legislature's approval on building projects

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- UW-La Crosse’s proposal for several new-look facilities is now in the hands of the state legislature. Construction is already underway for the new parking ramp. It’s set to be finished in the fall of 2014. Construction on the rest of the buildings will start in 2014 and 2015. Chancellor Joe Gow said the lead project will be a new science center, and will eventually replace the current Cowley Hall.

“We’re trying to the 21st century science in a 1965 building, so we’re very excited,” said Gow.

“It’s just going to improve our quality of classrooms and stuff and the lab I’m in right now is kind of old,” said UW-La Crosse Freshman Amanda Will.

A new student center would also replace the current Cartwright Center. The plans call for a new water chiller plant, which updates heating and cooling, and a practice facility for the gymnastics team. Chancellor Gow and students said now is the time to go to UW-La Crosse.

“ I think it's a great time for UW-L, for our students. They can feel confident that this campus is going to be strong for many, many years to come,” said Gow.

“It’s a fantastic time to be a UW-L student, having these new changes is only going to make our university better,” said UW-La Crosse Sophomore Alexis Smith.

“For sure. I think it’s exciting that we get to have this new construction on campus,” said UW-La Crosse Freshman Josiah Piquette.

The whole project is expected to be finished by fall of 2017. The science center would be paid for with state funding, student fees would cover the student center, and parking fees would cover the parking ramp. State funding and program revenue would cover the water chiller plant. The gymnastics facility would be paid for with program revenue.

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