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UW-Eau Claire campus construction update

May 10, 2013

EAU CLAIRE — Below is an update on the progress of ongoing construction projects at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.


Education Building construction

Construction of the $44.5 million Education Building is proceeding toward on-time completion in November 2013, with the first classes in the facility scheduled for spring semester 2014. Take a video tour of the new building at right.

The approximately 182,000-square-foot building replaces the obsolete Campus School and is located between Schneider Hall and Zorn Arena.

The new Education Building will house UW-Eau Claire's College of Education and Human Sciences administrative units; significant new classroom space for use by the entire campus; the departments of education studies, English, foreign languages and special education; and select student support services, including Services for Students with Disabilities, the Student Success Network and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. See photos of the construction progress.


Education building fast facts:

  • 29 classrooms and seminar spaces, with occupancy capacities ranging from 20 to 160 people.

  • 14 collaborative learning spaces.

  • 163 faculty and staff offices.

  • 54,375-square-foot building footprint— approximately the size of an official NFL field.
Education Building progress updates include:

  • Interior wall framing is nearing completion throughout the building.

  • Drywall installation is nearing completion on the third and fourth floors.

  • Painting is underway on the third and fourth floors.

  • Window installation is 55 percent complete.

  • Utilities rough-in is 85 percent complete.

  • Exterior brickwork is 95 percent complete.

  • A building naming committee has proposed several name choices and has solicited feedback from campus. Three names will be presented to the chancellor for consideration.

  • Plans are being developed for the move-in of academic departments and student support services to be housed in the new building.

Central Campus Mall restoration

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Central Campus Mall restoration fast facts:

  • 141 trees removed for Davies Center and Education Building construction.

  • 146 trees planted as part of the new Davies Center project.

  • 122 trees to be planted in the new Central Campus Mall, new Davies green space and other campus locations.

  • 127 trees gained on campus.
inal planning for restoration of the Central Campus Mall is nearly complete, with construction scheduled to begin after the May 18 commencement ceremonies.

Features of the mall will include:

Construction of the Central Campus Mall will necessitate the closure of the area between Schofield Hall and the Education Building for most of the summer, including during orientation weeks. Construction is expected to be completed by late August.

In addition to the Central Campus Mall restoration, work will resume on the new green space between Davies Center and Schofield Hall, including installation of irrigation and the planting of trees, shrubs and other plants. While there is a preliminary planting plan, the intent is to observe how the new green space is used next fall before finalizing landscaping. See the preliminary tree-planting plan.

Schofield Hall improvements

The interior of the north entrance (front) of Schofield Hall will receive a facelift this summer, with the removal of wallpaper, skim coating of walls and painting of the stairwell.

The two east Schofield Hall entrances (off the Central Campus Mall) will have new stairs and railings installed.

The Chancellor's Office and Academic Affairs suite will be remodeled, with the kitchenette to be relocated away from the Room 202 conference room, removal of wallpaper and carpeting, painting, expansion of the Chancellor's Office to include a small conference room, and new office furniture. In keeping with the original character of the building, terrazzo and wood floors will be restored as feasible.

Plans for the Chancellor's Office and Academic Affairs remodeling were two years in the making, and construction of the new kitchenette began in March. The last remodeling of the Chancellor's Office and Academic Affairs suite was approximately 30 years ago.

For additional information, contact Mike Rindo, assistant chancellor for facilities and university relations, at 715-836-4742 or rindomj@uwec.edu.

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