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UW-Stevens Point readying campus for new science building


STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAU) -- Plans are now fully underway for the new science building at UW-Stevens Point.

The campus has secured both funding for the project and a lead designer. Potter Lawson out of Madison will be doing the architectural work for the project. Chancellor Bernie Patterson says the expansion has been a long time coming. "We've expanded some buildings, and remodeled some of the buildings, and expanded the science building and remodeled the natural resources building, but this will be our first new standalone academic building in 40 years."

The building will not only hold classrooms but also research facilities, something the college needs room for. Patterson says the campus has been steadily getting research grants and wants the space. "We were awarded about 5 million dollars which is about 22 percent of the funds available statewide, so there's a significant amount of research going on here."

The $75 million dollar facility will house new biology and chemistry research units, 7 new classrooms, 2 lecture halls and new faculty and staff offices. It will also house the new campus herbarium and animal care facilities. But the old facility won't be going away, according to Patterson. "We're going to keep the old science building as well. The astronomy program will remain in the old science building, and the part being vacated will be remodeled and repurposed as we continue to expand in the science area."

Construction has been scheduled for the summer of 2015.