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Media Memo: State Building Commission to consider final approval of UW-Eau Claire Education Building

TO:             News Editors and Directors

FROM:        Mike Rindo

DATE:         Aug. 10, 2011

SUBJECT:   State Building Commission to consider final approval of UW-Eau Claire Education Building

Education Building architect's drawingThe State of Wisconsin Building Commission will consider approval of the design report and authority to construct the $44.5 million Education Building project at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire during its Aug. 11 meeting at State Fair Park in West Allis.

The approximately 170,000-square-foot building will replace the obsolete Brewer Hall/Campus School complex. It will be located between Schneider Hall and Zorn Arena. Campus School will be razed to make way for the new building. The current project timeline calls for construction to begin in spring 2012 with completion in late fall 2013. Funding for the project was included in the 2011-13 state budget.

The new Education Building will house UW-Eau Claire's College of Education and Human Sciences administrative units; significant classroom space; the departments of education studies, English, foreign languages and special education; and select student support services, including Services for Students with Disabilities, the Student Success Center (providing writing, math and other academic support) and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

This is the first new building to be fully funded with state tax dollars on the UW-Eau Claire campus in 30 years. The Human Sciences and Services building on Water Street, constructed in 1982, was the last fully state-funded building.

For additional information, contact Mike Rindo, UW-Eau Claire assistant chancellor for facilities, at 715-836-4742 (office), 715-210-0339 (cell) or rindomj@uwec.edu.

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