Expanding psychiatric, behavioral health services in Eau Claire, Marathon counties to help residents in 29 counties

Grants are part of $125 million in state building commission grants
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MADISON, Wis. (WKBT) — Expanding psychiatric and behavioral health services in Eau Claire is one of several projects that will get part of $124 million in state grants announced Wednesday.

The Eau Claire expansion, along with a similar project in Marathon County in north-central Wisconsin, will help increase services for residents in 29 counties, according to the news release about the Wisconsin State Building Commission’s approval of the grants.

Many projects focus on safety improvements and deferred maintenance projects.

“From updating elevators to fire doors, to approving two state grants to help expand psychiatric and behavioral health services in 29 counties, the projects approved by the Commission today are critical for the health and safety of our state employees, students and Wisconsinites across the state,” Gov. Tony Evers said in announcing the grants to key building projects across the state.

Other projects include:

  • Modernizing elevators in seven facilities on the UW-Madison campus. The elevators range in age from 45 to 56 years and do not meet accessibility standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Constructing a New Facility Maintenance Building for the Department of Military Affairs at Chippewa Falls.
  • Renovating 15 elevators at several state Department of Administration buildings in downtown Madison. The elevators being replaced are 40 years old.
  • Replacing the Pinewood trestle bridge on the Bearskin Trail in Oneida County. Inspections deemed the 50-foot-long bridge as structurally unsafe. The replacement bridge will accommodate snow grooming equipment and snowmobile activity.
  • Replacing fire doors in Greenquist Hall on the UW-Parkside campus. The fire doors to be replaced are original to 1969 classroom building.
  • Replacing a state Department of Military Affairs fuel storage tank that services the Madison Aviation Armory. The current tank has exceeded its 30-year life expectancy.
  • Renovating buildings on the UW-Oshkosh and UW-Stout campuses. In Oshkosh, Clow Hall, home to the nursing and education programs, will be fully renovated to modernize classrooms and labs throughout the building. In Stout, the South Hall student residence facility will be modernized into a facility with improved accessibility.
  • Constructing infrastructure renovation/replacement projects for UW-Madison and UW-Stout as part of the Minor Facilities Renewal Program.
  • Releasing Building Trust Funds to begin planning for a Secure Residential Treatment Unit and Diversion Unit at Oshkosh Correctional Institution, Phase III for the DMA Milwaukee Readiness Center and a replacement toilet/shower building at Council Grounds State Park.
  • Authorizing 25 maintenance and repair projects at various locations in eight counties across the state for the DOA, Health Services, Military Affairs, Natural Resources, Veterans Affairs and the UW-System.
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