State Building Commission's decision impact on Phillips Science Hall project

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Eau Claire, Wis. (WEAU) March 20 decision has UW-Eau Claire administration waiting for what the Joint Finance Committee has to say about its Phillips Hall Project.

Even though the State building commission did not make any proposals, it also did not exclude any of the projects.

UW-Eau Claire officials believe they’ve made a strong case for the 109 million dollar investment of the new Science and Health Sciences building. This project would replace the building built in 1963, which has major issues such as the lack of a fire sprinkler system and the inability to install dedicated exhaust systems to labs.

"We will continue to work with the Governor's office. Republican and Democratic legislatures alike, as well as the Governor, have gone through the building, they understand that Phillips Science Hall is failing and needs to be replaced," said Mike Rindo Assistant Chancellor for Facilities and University Relations.

The University plans to continue to work with regional legislative delegations in a bipartisan manner until a final decision is made later this year.

Hearings are being held by the Joint Finance Committee later this spring, including one in River Falls on April 14th. These hearings are available for the public to bring up any concerns with the capital budget proposal.