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Final work and enhancements to Garfield Avenue to begin May 6

| Juliana Poquette

Final enhancements and finishing work on the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s Garfield Avenue redevelopment project will begin in the coming weeks.

On Monday, May 6, crews will install fencing around the site where a new water feature will be constructed near the northeast corner of Schofield Hall. The project, supported by donated funds including a lead gift from Jon and Megan Stowe to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, is expected to be completed by mid-August. See an updated campus map showing the affected area, which includes some lower campus walkways.

Initial work on the water feature will include removal of concrete installed in recent months that was intended to be temporary, with the knowledge that it would be removed when the water feature would be constructed this spring and summer.

In addition to their support of the water feature, the Stowes have committed funding for the construction of an arched campus gateway at Garfield Avenue and Park Avenue, as well as for additions to the new outdoor classroom at the west end of Garfield Avenue. Work on the new gateway is expected to begin after Memorial Day. The intersection of Garfield and Park avenues will remain open and any closures of Garfield Avenue should be limited and temporary during the project, which also is expected to be completed by mid-August.

Learn more about generous donors Jon and Megan Stowe and the enhancements to the Garfield Avenue corridor made possible by their philanthropy.

Over the summer, crews also will replace sections of concrete in various locations along Garfield Avenue that were damaged due to improper installation. That work will involve temporary closure of the affected sections but will not close any walkways.

Questions regarding final work this summer on the Garfield Avenue project can be directed to Andrew Nord, project manager in UW-Eau Claire's Facilities Department, at 715-836-2211 or

Top photo caption: An artist's rendering depicts the water feature to be constructed on UW-Eau Claire's lower campus. Funding for the water feature and other Garfield Avenue corridor enhancements comes from Jon and Megan Stowe.