Tree removal scheduled in preparation for Haas parking lot reconstructionApril 13, 2012
EAU CLAIRE — Some trees in and around the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Haas Fine Arts parking lot will be removed the weekend of April 21 in preparation for reconstruction of the lot this summer.
About half the trees in the area east of the Human Sciences and Services Building and west and south of the Haas Fine Arts Center will be removed. A larger number of new trees will be planted in the area following the parking lot reconstruction, said Christopher Hessel, construction project coordinator for UW-Eau Claire Facilities Management.
"The Haas Fine Arts parking lot reconstruction project is long overdue," said Terry Classen, director of Facilities Management. "Initially it was planned for the summer of 2009 and was postponed when our plans to construct a new Children's Center in that area changed. It's now imperative that we make the needed improvements to that lot."
The parking lot reconstruction is expected to begin June 11 and run through Aug. 31. The project is necessary because of the severe deterioration of the parking lot's surface, the need to more efficiently use the area to provide a larger number of parking spaces and to better illuminate the area at night, Classen said. The number of parking spaces in the lot will increase from 261 to 348, which will help alleviate the impact of the loss of spaces in the university's Phillips parking lot resulting from the construction of the new W.R. Davies Student Center, Classen said.