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Cost for UW-L Wittich Hall renovations jumps by $2 million

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The UW System Board of Regents has unanimously approved a more than two million dollar increase in the budget for renovations to the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse's Wittich Hall.

Built in 1916, Wittich Hall is the second oldest building on campus and is a registered historic building. Last December, the State Building Commission approved the hall renovations. Since then, prices of labor and steel rose more than two million dollars.

For example, the state said when the project was bid in August 2017, steel was $2,800/ton. By May, the price rose to $4,200/ton. 

The total cost of the project now stands at $26,746,000 according to the state. 

Renovations plan need to be re-approved by the State Building Commission which is expected to happen next month. Once approved, construction will begin. 

The project is set for completion in May 2020. 

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