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Public Invited to Meet with Architects to Discuss New UW-Eau Claire Student Center

RELEASED: March 19, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — Members of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus and greater Eau Claire communities are invited to a town hall meeting March 24 to discuss the proposed new student center on campus.

The Open Town Hall Meeting will run from 5:30-8 p.m. in the Alumni Room of Davies Center.

During the meeting, architects from the Philadelphia-based architectural firm Burt, Hill and the Wisconsin-based firm Bray Architects will provide an overview of the project. The formal presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

Earlier this month, Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich announced that a green space located between the current Davies Center and the Phillips Hall parking lot on the south side of lower campus is the preferred site of a new student-funded $48.8 million student center.

In making the selection, 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.

With a preferred site identified, technical analysis of the site is now under way and public input is being solicited.

Construction is scheduled to begin in summer 2010, with occupancy of the building in late fall 2012.

The 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 more information about the March 24 town hall meeting, contact Charles Farrell, director of University Centers, at 715-836-5904 or farrelcf@uwec.edu.

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