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Phillips Science Hall Improvements Approved
Project Total $1.9 Million

 MAILED:  Oct. 20, 2003

EAU CLAIRE —The State Building Commission has approved $1.9 million for improvements to Phillips Science Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The commission voted Oct. 15 to approve the All Agency Project Request submitted by UW-Eau Claire for the 2003-05 biennium.

The funds will be used for a variety of projects in Phillips Science Hall, including modifications to a number of classrooms that will accommodate installation and use of new instructional technology; replacement of floor tiles and cabinetry throughout much of the building; replacement of ceiling tiles in the office wing; and upgrades to the heating system that will reduce noise, increase efficiency and allow for improved climate control to protect sensitive scientific instruments.

The improvements will address deficiencies identified by faculty and staff that became apparent after the 1999-2001 improvements to Phillips Science Hall. That $11.2 million project involved major upgrades to the building infrastructure, including utility replacement and installation of a central heating, ventilating and air conditioning system.

“These improvements will help instruction because they will create a quieter environment and will provide opportunities for faculty to incorporate current instructional technology into classrooms not currently suited for that purpose,” said Terry Classen, director of Facilities Planning and Management at UW-Eau Claire.

“Approval of this project is great news,” said Andrew Soll, vice chancellor for Business and Student Services. “It represents a case of persistence paying off, because we were able to secure additional funding from the state in order to correct deficiencies that remained after the first Phillips Hall renovation project. While we won’t be able to address all the needs of the building, this money will enable us to make significant progress,” Soll said.

Classen said design work for the improvements will begin in the next three months, and construction is estimated to begin in fall 2004.

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Updated: October 20, 2003