The State Building Commission approved the design and construction of a new Science Labs Building and renovations to the Center for the Arts.
The approvals were made Wednesday, August 12 at State Fair Park.
The current science building on campus, Cowley Hall, was built in 1963 and added to in 1968. Since that point in time the science programs at offered at UW-L have grown.
Doug Pearson, Executive Director of facilities, planning, and management at UW-La Crosse said the projects are needed due to growing student population and technological advancements.
"The biggest project, the $82 million new science lab building creates 200,000 square-foot lab building for the sciences. Currently, the existing Cowley building is outdated and over-crowded. This new building will allow instructors to use current technology in delivery of the science education curriculum," said Pearson.
The approximately 188,000 square-foot-building will be constructed on the parking lot north of the existing Cowley Hall, commuter lot 3.
Construction on the new science facility will begin in spring 2016 and be completed in winter 2018.
The second renovation project, updates to the Center for the Arts building is scheduled to begin this fall.
Pearson said the Arts building has received feedback about the building not being handicap accessible and it's time to change that.
"Currently, it does not meet handicap accessibility requirements. So not only will it create a new entrance but it will allow accessibility tot the primary performance venues," added Pearson.
The Center for the Arts project will cost $1.4 million and will be completed in early 2016.