EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WKBT) -

The UW System's Board of Regents gives the green light to improvements to U-W La Crosse's Recreational Eagle Center.

The board voted in favor of building a new addition to the center Friday during their meeting at UW-Eau Claire.

The $8.6 million project would add 39,000 square feet to the complex, including more strength training space, locker rooms and multi-purpose rec rooms.

Construction is expected to begin sometime next summer and be completed in the fall of 2018.

The project still needs to be approved by the State Building Commission at its next meeting in December.