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UW Stevens Point preparing for renovations, parking changes, new science building


STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAU) -- The University of Wisconsin Stevens Point will not be quiet, now that commencement exercises are over. Chancellor Bernie Patterson says there are several building and infrastructure projects in the works, some of which you will see action on this summer.

Patterson says the new UWSP Science Building won’t start construction yet, but the planning process is going full steam ahead.  “(It’s) a 75 million dollar project. The Governor has signed the final contract that now has engaged the architect and engineering firms that will be designing this facility for us, so that’s the biggest project going on. We have renovations of our residence halls going on every summer, and we’re in the process of planning renovation of the infrastructure of the library.” (Albertson Center for Learning Resources)

The science building will be built across from St. Michael’s Hospital on Lot X, at the corner of Stanley Street and Freemont Street. Patterson says that will affect an already-crowded campus parking situation.  “We’re going to rearrange some of our current lots, and also create some additional surface parking in areas that we couldn’t do in the past because we didn’t have the necessary property to do it.”

Many have asked why UW Stevens Point hasn’t built a parking ramp. Patterson says it’s very expensive.  “I had looked very closely at building a parking deck, but now we’ve arrived at an alternative solution that will be much less expensive. We’ll postpone at least for a while the need for a parking deck, but six to seven years from now, that will have to be revisited.”  He adds, “The parking deck that we were looking at was about 14 million dollars, and that’s one of the reasons we’re not going to do it now. That would have caused our parking fees on campus to just about triple, and we just didn’t think that was justifiable, but at some point, that will be necessary somewhere in the future.”

The Stevens Point campus will also continue with residence hall renovations this summer.