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UW-Eau Claire Announces Temporary|
Plans for Former Park School Building
MAILED: July 13, 1998|
EAU CLAIRE The Children's Center will move to the first floor of the former Park School building and several University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire offices will move temporarily into the building this fall.
The Campus School building became available three years early when the Eau Claire Area School District asked that its lease set to expire in 2001 be terminated at the end of the 1997-98 academic year.
"We had planned our capital budget requests with the June 2001 date in mind," said Kathy Mitchell, associate vice chancellor of business/student services. "We had a request in for the 1999-01 capital budget for money to plan a major renewal project for that facility, with construction to begin in the year 2001. We can't change that schedule.
"But now with the unexpected request from the School Board to terminate the lease, we have the opportunity to use the space on a temporary basis for the next three years."
Plans call for the Children's Center to make a permanent move to the building's first floor, Mitchell said. The Children's Center already used a small amount of space on the first floor but a majority of its space was in the basement, she said.
"The entire Children's Center will move to the first floor where we expect it to stay even after 2001," she said. "That's the one area we know we want to keep in the building."
The School of Education will use a first-floor room for a classroom and the College of Business Leadership Center will occupy a first-floor room, Mitchell said. The service-learning coordinator will move into the former principal's office, she said.
Custodial staff currently uses space near Zorn Arena. They will move to the Campus School building, freeing up storage space for arena-related events, Mitchell said.
The remaining four rooms will be used for much needed storage of surplus goods and for surge space or space needed to temporarily house offices or classes when buildings such as Phillips Science Hall undergo remodeling, Mitchell said.
Because of plans to remodel the building in several years, no dollars will be put into temporary remodeling projects, Mitchell said, noting that the building does not have air conditioning. The Children's Center will use unit air conditioners but the remainder of the building will not have air conditioning during the next three years, she said.
The request for a renewal project has been submitted to the Board of Regents.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: July 13, 1998