LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) -

UW-La Crosse is adding another construction project to its schedule.

The Board of Regents approved a nearly $8.5 million water chilling plant Thursday, half of which is funded by state tax dollars.

Campus officials say the extra cooling is needed with a new student center, science building and other projects on the horizon. It will also help maintain air conditioning during routine maintenance.

However, adding another building to a landlocked campus does come at a cost.

"The difference they'll notice is some shifting of parking capacity, so they'll have to block off that parking lot to build the chiller facility, but also next year we'll be adding two more stories to the parking ramp to replace the parking that we lose from the new chiller plant and from the new student center," said Doug Pearson, Executive Director of Facilities Planning and Management.

The plant still needs to be approved by the state building commission. If that happens, construction is likely to start next March and take about a year to complete.