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Media Memo: Trees at UW-Eau Claire to come down during semester break

TO: News Editors and Directors

FROM: Judy Berthiaume, Director

DATE: Dec. 15, 2009

SUBJECT: Trees at UW-Eau Claire to come down during semester break

Approximately 50 trees on UW-Eau Claire's lower campus will be removed between Dec. 20, 2009, and Jan. 20, 2010, to make way for a new student union that will be built between Davies Center and the Phillips Hall parking lot.

Construction of the 156,000-square-foot three-story student center is scheduled to begin in late spring 2010, with occupancy of the building in late fall 2012.

The Council Oak tree will not be removed. Architects instead are exploring building design options that will protect the tree and the historic site.

The project will require the removal of crabapple trees that were planted as a memorial to the four young people killed during a protest at Kent State in 1970. UW-Eau Claire is working to find a suitable replacement for the Kent State Memorial.

Tree species that were found only in the area of campus that will house the new student center already have been planted elsewhere on campus. Science faculty often use trees on campus as part of their curriculum so it was important that the various species remain on the campus grounds.

In making the site selection for the new building, Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich considered factors including but not limited to flood plain and sustainability issues, traffic flow, parking, proximity to student populations during the day and evening, proximity to McIntyre Library, student activities, and how the project affects future campus development.

The $48.8 million building project will be funded through segregated fees, which are paid by students. No tax dollars will be involved in the development or operation of the new building.

For information about the new student center project, contact Beth Hellwig, chair of the Davies Center Redevelopment Steering Committee, at 715-836-5992.

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