UW-La Crosse to build new science facility

The new building will replace Cowley Hall

UW-La Crosse is getting another addition to its growing campus.

The university is planning to build a new $82 million science facility to replace Cowley Hall.

School officials say the  62-year-old building is outdated and has severely deteriorated over time. 

The new 188,000 square foot building will include 35 new classrooms and research laboratories.

The building isn’t a new idea.

The plans have actually been in the works for several years.

“A major construction project like this usually takes six years from conception all the way to actually opening the doors to occupying the building. We are 35% done with the design right now. We are hoping to bid and start construction in the fall of 2016,” said Doug Pearson of UW-L.

The project is funded by state tax dollars.