More Children's Center information
Children's Center Steering Committee members:
- Jodi Thesing-Ritter, chair
- Ricardo M. Gonzalez, vice chair
- Rebecca P. Wurzer
- Lisa M. Coen
- Kevin P. Klatt
- Sarah Emily Classen*
- Troy A. Terhark
- Lori A. Bica
- Kristine Retherford
- Katie Ritland-Clouse, University Senate Physical Plant Planning Committee liason
*Denotes student member
Children's Center/Children's Nature Academy
The Children's Center's former site, Campus School, was razed as part of UW-Eau Claire's new education building construction project. In spring 2012, the Children's Center relocated to the former St. Bede's Monastery, which was purchased by a subsidiary of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation on Oct. 21, 2011. The Children's Center, renamed the Children's Nature Academy, is the first use by the university of the former monastery property, which includes 112 mostly wooded acres and three building complexes totaling approximately 80,000 square feet.
The university had been planning to build a new Children's Center next to the Human Sciences and Services building on Water Street. However, bids for the project, which opened Aug. 10, 2011, exceeded the $3.8 million budget, and options for how to best proceed were explored. Those options included redesign, value engineering and other cost-reduction measures, and off-campus relocation sites. Several facilities that would be suitable for the Children's Center were evaluated, and St. Bede's was identified as the preferred option. Read related story.