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Groundbreaking ceremony for new student center set for March 28

RELEASED: March 17, 2011

Groundbreaking event graphicEAU CLAIRE — A groundbreaking ceremony and reception celebrating the beginning of construction of the new student center at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be held at 3 p.m. March 28 in the west lobby of the university's Davies Center.

UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff are invited to the ceremony and reception. Others in attendance will include current and former student leaders, UW-Eau Claire Foundation and Alumni Association board members, local business leaders, area legislators, local government and UW System officials, and others who have been instrumental in moving the project forward.

Work began March 7 on the new university student center. The $48.8 million facility will replace the 51-year-old Davies Center, which will be deconstructed. The site of the existing Davies Center will be redeveloped as green space. The approximately 170,000-square-foot new student center will be funded through segregated fees, which are paid by students. No tax dollars will be involved in the development of the building.

The anticipated completion date for the project is summer 2012.

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