UW-Eau Claire needs state funding for new science building

 Eau Claire (WQOW)- More than 100 Chippewa Valley residents are headed to Madison on Wednesday to push for local priorities.

The Chippewa Valley Alliance will speak with lawmakers about funding for a new science and health sciences building, according to UW- Eau Claire Assistant Chancellor for Facilities and University Relations Mike Rindo.

Rindo said it would cost $256 million. They’re asking for $109 million in the 2019-21 state budget, and another $147 million two years later.

He said the current science building, Phillips Hall, is nearly 60-years-old and needs extensive repairs and renovations. Because of that, it costs more than $530,000 to operate per-year.

UW-Eau Claire staffers believe a modern science building will recruit more students out of state, and the research agreement between Mayo Clinic Health System will be a great opportunity for students and the community.

“We believe it will be able to help the Eau Claire area and the Chippewa Valley attract more businesses and more talent from the perspective of people who see the opportunity to do research with the university or to have their business do research with the university and to locate here or expand here,” Rindo said.

Rindo said if they don’t get enough money to rebuild they will have to do their best to keep the building alive.

Shannon Satterlee

Shannon Satterlee

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