Eau Claire (WQOW) – During a stop in Eau Claire on Thursday, Governor Tony Evers announced he will include $109 million in the capital budget to replace Phillips Hall at UW-Eau Claire.
UW-Eau Claire Assistant Chancellor for Facilities and University Relations Mike Rindo had said it costs more than $530,000 to operate per year, and they needed the state aid to build a new science hall.
Rindo said it would cost $256 million to replace the science building. They’re asking for $109 million in the 2019-21 state budget, and another $147 million two years later.
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According to Governor Evers’ office, the project will be a collaboration with Mayo Clinic.
Although the details of what Mayo Clinic’s involvement will be are vague, Evers said Mayo Clinic’s contribution to the project will allow their top researchers to work alongside UW-Eau Claire’s talented students and faculty in a visionary, flexible research building, helping Wisconsin recruit physicians and researchers eager to be involved in the creation of new knowledge in addition to clinical practice.