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June 16, 2000


UW-RF Outlines Summer Construction Projects

By Rachel Weddig
UW-RF News Bureau

Some 30 projects worth nearly $3 million are underway at UW-River Falls this summer, with another $50 million in projects on the drawing boards.

Ongoing projects range from as small as replacing kitchen cabinets in Parker, Crabtree, and Grimm residence halls, to installing Hunt Arean ice flooring.

Most of the projects are funded with state tax dollars released by the State Building Commission, with the projects managed by the Division of Facilities Development of the Department of Administration in Madison. Some projects also include money from student user fees.

Construction this summer is slower compared to previous years, but, according to Waldo Hagen, UW-RF director of facilities management, the department will remain busy with numerous smaller projects.

Visitors and staff at UW-RF will have to contend with the usual amount of construction traffic, dust, dirt, and noise, but Hagen feels the end results are always worth the inconveniences during the summer.

Hagen listed four significant projects underway this summer: a floor cooling system and bleachers for ice hockey activities in Hunt Arena; data communication wiring in five residence halls; updating equipment in food science laboratories; and working on heating plant controls. Hagen said the projects are on schedule and will be completed on time.

This summer marks the first in many years where a major new building was not being constructed on campus. However, many new buildings are soon slated to begin construction. One project that has been approved and will begin construction next summer of a new $9 million residence hall. It will feature suite-style living with four students per suite, and will be fully funded by student fees.

Nearing final approval is a new $26 million student center that could see groundbreaking in the summer of 2002. It also will be funded by student fees.

A proposed health and human performance building valued at $20 million is in the initial stages. Presently, Hagen said, the University is seeking state planning funds. If approved, students will pay 15 percent of the cost, with the balance coming from state tax dollars.

Groundbreaking could occur this fall for a new $3.5 million Dairy Learning Center to be located at the Mann Valley Laboratory Farm. Completion is expected in the summer of 2001.


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