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New student union project advances at Board of Regents

RELEASED: April 9, 2010

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents today approved UW-Eau Claire's request to move into the full design phase of its new student union project.

The board approved the action during its meeting this morning in Fond du Lac. The regents' Capital Planning and Budget Committee recommended Thursday that the full board approve UW-Eau Claire's request that the project move from the preliminary design phase to the full design phase.

Construction of the 169,113-square-foot, three-story student center is scheduled to begin in late fall 2010. 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.

The new student center will be built in the space between Little Niagara Creek and the Phillips Hall parking lot on lower campus, just south of Davies Center, the current student union. The building site was shifted to the east toward Phillips Science Hall in order to preserve the Historic Council Oak tree and a 50-foot radius around it. The tree and its site have historic and cultural significance to the campus, Chippewa Valley region and Native Americans. View the site plan online.

For details about the project, contact Dr. Beth Hellwig, chair of the Davies Center Redevelopment Steering Committee, at 715-836-5992.

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