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Second part of UW-La Crosse’s $187 million science center gets approval

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The second half of a large science building project in La Crosse is high on the to-do list for the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents.

At a meeting last week, the regents included five projects for the UW-La Crosse campus in its $2.5 billion capital budget.

The UW-L requests add up to nearly 10 percent of that budget.

The biggest is a $187-million plan to build the second portion of the Prairie Springs Science Center. The project would include the demolition of the Cowley Science Hall, built 60 years ago.

UW-L also received approval for a parking ramp near the Center for the Arts, a new chiller plant and renovations at three other buildings — Graff Main Hall, Mitchell Hall and the Wing Building.

The ramp project would cost $34 million. It could include new offices for campus police. The arts building is nearly 50 years old but only has a surface parking lot along Vine Street instead of a ramp.

Cowley Hall, behind the clock tower, would be torn down to make way for the second Prairie Springs building

The ramp project would cost $34 million, and it could include new offices for campus police. The arts building is nearly 50 years old, but only has a surface parking lot along Vine Street instead of a ramp.

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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