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About the project

The State of Wisconsin has allocated $340.3 million for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire to replace its sole science facility, Phillips Hall, with a state-of-the-art Science and Health Sciences Building. Designed for contemporary research and education for students in high-demand STEM fields, the new building will be constructed on the former site of the Katharine Thomas and Putnam residence halls that were demolished in the fall of 2022. You can view a live-stream camera of the construction site as the project moves forward.

Replacing Phillips Hall will ensure UWEC continues its tradition as a national leader in undergraduate research. The new Science and Health Sciences Building will be a catalyst for talent and workforce development for northwestern Wisconsin.

The project includes approval for $13.7 million in philanthropic contributions. Mayo Clinic Health System has set a goal for philanthropy to support the cost of creating and occupying a 10,000-square-foot shared research workspace in the building.

Investing in the Health of Wisconsinites

The Chippewa Valley is poised to become a leading provider of health care services throughout northwestern Wisconsin. With the new collaborative research agreement between two of the region’s strongest assets — the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Mayo Clinic Health System — comes a combined focus on education, research and patient care that will be a powerful driver for economic development and quality-of-life improvement. The foundation for this collaboration has already been laid, with outstanding faculty, student researchers and physician scientists ready and able to advance innovation and spark new opportunities for business development. The collaboration between UW-Eau Claire and Mayo Clinic Health System is highlighted here. But world-class innovation requires facilities that will meet the 21st-century demands for creative space, interdisciplinary work and advanced technology. Supporting this regional catalyst requires a focused reinvestment in the facilities that will make the vision possible. UW-Eau Claire is ready to lead the advancement of health sciences education to improve the quality of care for patients in Northwestern Wisconsin.

Rendering of UW-Eau Claire Science and Health Sciences Building

Responsible Use of State Dollars

A feasibility study of Phillips Hall found full renovation would be incredibly costly and fail to address the building’s fundamental infrastructure issues. Design work on the replacement Science and Health Sciences Building has been ongoing since the state enumerated the first phase of funds in 2019, and the remaining funds were enumerated in the 2023-25 state budget. 

The completion funding approved in 2023 included $226.8 million in cash from the state surplus. Funding a significant portion of construction using cash in place of state-supported bonds to be repaid over decades will save the state tens of millions of dollars. UW-Eau Claire is committed to maximizing the state’s investment in its distinctive educational mission.

There is no other current project that is more important to the future of our regional economy and workforce than this urgently needed replacement for the aging and outdated Phillips Hall.

Chamber Board Chair Scott Biederman and President/CEO Dave Minor

The Hub for Experiential Learning and Engagement

Rigorous, transformative learning is a hallmark of all three UW-Eau Claire campuses. Students come to UW-Eau Claire for learning that is rigorous, challenging, engaging and immersive. We surround each of our students with opportunities to live what they study inside and outside of the classroom and across the community. Students do so through collaborative research experiences, civic engagement, immersion, internships and meaningful student employment — all high-impact practices that include intentional refection to help students connect their experiences to their goals and to their responsibilities as active citizens of the community and world.

UW-Eau Claire’s STEM and health sciences expertise has a significant impact on area businesses and organizations. Over the past decade, more than 350 outside businesses, nongovernmental organizations, and government agencies have engaged with the science departments housed in Phillips Hall. These interactions, ranging from consultations during product development to long-term research collaborations, create pipelines to find internship opportunities and future career paths for students by giving their academic work a direct link to business.

Our new science and health sciences building will be the catalyst for innovation, ensure new programing such as the Blugold supercomputing cluster and biomedical engineering, and will expand on our national leadership in undergraduate research and increase new collaborations with community partners to support research opportunities for faculty and students.

Major Milestones *subject to change

Spring 2021 Pre-Design
Summer 2022 Early Site Demolition
Fall 2022 Preliminary Design
Spring 2023 Full Design and Bidding Documents
Spring 2024 Construction Begins
Spring 2026 Construction Ends
Fall 2026 Building Opens
SciHSci Exhibit Space


Building Committee

  • Mike Carney, Committee Chair, Associate Vice Chancellor
  • Kristin Anderson, DFDM Project Manager
  • Cathy Weiss, UW System Representative
  • Sara Carstens, Mayo Clinic Health System
  • Gordy Howie, Mayo Clinic Health System
  • Tim Nelson, Mayo Clinic Health System
  • Grace Crickette, Vice Chancellor for Finance & Administration
  • Troy Terhark, Director of Facilities 
  • Renee Strehlau, Associate Director of Facilities and Sustainability Coordinator
  • Andrew Nord, Facilities Construction Project Manager
  • Craig Ernst, IT Manager of Client Support Services
  • Derek Gingerich, Associate Professor, Biology
  • Jamie Lyman-Gingerich, Associate Professor, Biology
  • Jenny Dahl, Associate Professor, Chemistry
  • Ezra Zeitler, Chair, Professor, Geography & Anthropology
  • Rob Lodge, Associate Professor, Geology
  • Jim Boulter, Professor, Public Health & Environmental Studies
  • Marc McEllistrem, Professor, Materials Science & Biomedical Engineering
  • Erik Hendrickson, Chair, Professor, Physics/Astronomy
  • Alex Smith, Chair, Professor, Computer Science
  • Meg Lagunas, Associate Professor, Director of Clinical Learning Center, Nursing
  • Doug Matthews, Professor, Psychology/Neuroscience
  • Sydney McGuine, Student Senate Rep.
  • Leah Woodward, Student Senate Rep.

Feasibility Study

This feasibility study for science programs at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire was commissioned to evaluate the most feasible way of accommodating science, nursing, and pre-professional health science programs on the UW-Eau Claire campus.

UWEC Science Feasibility Study

Pre-Design Report

Another major design milestone for the proposed new Science and Health Science Building has been completed with a Pre-Design and programming study. 

UWEC Science and Health Science Pre-Design Report

Preliminary Design

 Another step in the design process provides preliminary design documents. 

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