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Graff Main Hall to get HVAC overhaul

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The oldest building at UW-La Crosse will get a heating system makeover.

The state building commission has okayed a $14 million upgrade of the HVAC system at Graff Main Hall, which opened in 1909.

Heating and air conditioning equipment at Main Hall is about 40 to 50 years old, and needs replacing. The last major renovations in the building happened in the late 70’s.

According to the office of Rep. Jill Billings, who serves on the building commission, most of the air handling units and exhaust fans at Graff have been in place about 40 years. Main Hall is 113 years old, and was the first building on the university campus. Some of the building’s original steam-heating equipment reportedly is still in place.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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