||Schofield Hall 218|
||Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004|
Crest Wellness Center|
Gets a New Look
MAILED: June 16, 1999|
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Health Services offices have temporarily relocated to the Nursing Building because the Crest Wellness Center is being remodeled.
The $1.4 million project, which began in April, includes the remodeling of a majority of the Crest Wellness Center building and an upgrade to the building's ventilation system.
"There's no way we were going to get everything done during the summer so we had to move everyone except Health Services out in April," John Glenz, acting assistant director of facilities planning and management, said of offices housed in the Crest Wellness Center.
During the summer, students who need to access Health Services can go to room 157 of the Nursing Building to make appointments, check in or pay bills. A lab and nurse station, an office and exam rooms also are in the west end of the building, said Laura Chellman, director of Health Services.
"We minimized the amount of supplies we have immediate access to," said Chellman. "We've kept the same size staff and offer the same services as we've had in past summers."
During the eight-week Summer Session, Health Services will be open from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
When Health Services returns to the Crest Wellness Center, it will be the only office area in the building that won't have a new look. The Nautilus workout area and Sneakers the university's non-alcoholic nightclub will be located in the upstairs area of the building. Health Services will be in the lower level, and the Office of Public Safety will move from Schneider Hall to the downstairs area of the Crest Wellness Center.
The small kitchen behind Sneakers will stay where it is and rest rooms will be added to the second floor near Sneakers, as will an elevator. To accommodate people who use Nautilus, shower rooms will be installed upstairs and rooms will be created for massage therapy sessions.
The Crest Wellness project plans also include converting the shutdown kitchen on the second floor into a free weight room so it's close to the Nautilus equipment. Public Safety will then move into the area that had been occupied by the free weight room.
Moving Public Safety was one of the reasons for remodeling the building, Glenz said.
Moving the offices up the hill will provide several benefits, said David Backstrom, director of Public Safety.
"One is in regard to the Campus Security Act of 1991, which says there is a need for law enforcement to be where the immediate needs of students are," Backstrom said. "So it would be ideal that we be located on upper campus where the majority of students live."
He also believes the move will help improve the effectiveness of the department and overall operation of the organization.
"We've never had an official office, so-to-speak," Backstrom said. "We have office spaces for supervisors, administrators, a briefing room, locker room, property room/evidence rooms but the offices are not all together as a unit. In the Crest Wellness Center, we'll all be in one area and this will improve our efficiency and effectiveness."
The Office of Public Safety will have a satellite office in Schneider Hall. That office will be connected to the Parking and Transportation Services office.
By keeping an office on lower campus, people can still make reports and contacts down the hill. People can make calls from that office, they'll just be connected to the upper-campus office and an officer will be sent to assist them.
"For instance, if you have a theft or car lockout on lower campus you won't have to go all the way to upper campus to report it and get help," Backstrom said.
Glenz said the Office of Public Safety will be the last office to be moved into the Crest Wellness Center because workers want to get Health Services and Nautilus ready before the academic year starts.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: June 16, 1999