voters in Western Wisconsin approved a nearly 80-million
dollar referendum aimed at improving facilities at
Western Technical College.
a big portion of that project re-opened to students.
News eight's Eric Jacobson joins us now with a look
inside the newly remodeled Coleman Center.
Mike and Martha,
The Coleman Center was first built in 1923.
and last upgraded in the 70s.
officials say it will make a big difference in a student's
experience at the school.
Digitial Media Production Instructor
We were in major need of a facilities upgrade.
Mark Davini has taughtat Western Technical College
for 13 years.
His Digital Medic Production classes make use of a
but it was quickly becoming outdated.
Things got to be dirty and grungy, and took a special
kind of person to want to hang out there.
But as part of the newly renovated Coleman Center.
his classroom now is a state-of-the-art facility.
This is probably one of the only green screen sweeps
in the area.
Edit We have this beautiful photo sweep as well.
Officials say the renovation.
which included renovating offices.
as well as over 22 classrooms.
is a mix of both old and new.
I think the coolest part of the building is the reflection
of the past.
We kept the exterior intact.
We recognize the original design intent, and many
aspects of the original design.
But we also didn't hide over them.
So our capacity to give us more classroom space allows
us to present and help our instructional programs,
achieve a better grade point, better student retention.
So it really contributes to the vision of faciliting
and growing the institution for that goal in 2020.
Faculty say the project will help students and the
community for years to come.
We have updated this facility to be strong and serve
the community and students easily for the next 20
to 25 years.
It's absolutely thrilling.
In LAX, EJ, N8.
Sustainability was another goal of the renovation
Just by replacing the outdated roof and windows.
officials say they were able to make the building
20 percent more energy efficient.
The ongoing phase is aimed to grow programs and enrollment.
which continues until the end of the decade.