Phase two of Prairie Springs Science Center project at UWL on hold for now

Republicans have delayed approval of Gov. Tony Evers' proposed $2.4 billion budget for state building projects

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Republicans have delayed approval of Gov. Tony Evers’ proposed $2.4 billion budget for state building projects.

The State Building Commission deadlocked 4-4 along party lines, which leaves the decision to the Republican-controlled budget committee.

$83 million of the budget would fund the second phase of the Prairie Springs Science Center at UW-La Crosse to replace Cowley Hall, which is 54 years old.

The first phase was completed back in 2018.

UWL Chancellor Joe Gow says plans are in place to start working on the new project if the budget is approved.

And for the university, he says this is a timely matter.

“Science has never been more important than it is right now, because science is what’s getting us through this terrible COVID-19 pandemic,” Gow said. “And certainly, we need to be as advanced as possible in science education to prepare students to meet the coming challenges in the future.”

Gow says more than half of UW-La Crosse students major in science and health.