State approves three building renovation projects on campus
June 28, 2017
Three University of Wisconsin-Stout building
renovation projects worth more than $38 million were approved by the Wisconsin
State Building Commission Wednesday, June 28, including one to ensure the
continued stability of the iconic Bowman Hall Clock Tower.
The projects are:
Hall exterior maintenance and repair, $8.95 million
and an addition to North Hall residence hall, $21.74 million
of first floor of Merle M. Price Commons, $7.57 million
“These renovation projects are vital to
provide our students with modern facilities, while at the same time preserving
an important part of our history and spending taxpayer and student dollars
wisely,” Chancellor Bob Meyer said. “It is always better to renovate the
facilities we already have, rather than building something new.”
All three projects have been included in
previous state capital budgets and have been approved by the UW System Board of
Bowman Hall is the oldest building on
campus, dating back to 1897. The project will not alter the appearance of the 135-foot
Clock Tower, but it will shore up the structural integrity of the tower. Some
30,000 square feet of exterior masonry will be repaired, and the exterior doors
and windows will be replaced with historically appropriate doors and windows. The
replacement brick will require custom sand cast units to match existing brick,
as well as cut stone in some areas.
The Clock Tower’s structural steel members,
copper roof, supports, flooring and exterior screening will be renovated or
Bowman Hall houses the Dean of Students;
Registration and Records; office of Planning, Assessment, Research and Quality;
financial aid; advisement; counseling; and other units. It is named after Clyde
A. Bowman, who administered the industrial education division beginning in 1919
and served as temporary president of the former Stout Institute.
Bowman Hall is listed on the National
Register of Historic Places and is within the Menomonie Downtown Historic
Construction is scheduled to start in June
2018 and be completed in November 2019.
The North Hall project will renovate about
76,000 square feet in the residence hall at 124 10th Ave. E. and add about
14,000 square feet for an accessible building entrance, expanded bath and
shower rooms and new stairs.
“Most of the original building, heating and
ventilation systems perform poorly and require constant maintenance to sustain operations,”
according to a report to the regents.
Lounge and kitchen spaces will be expanded,
and student rooms will be updated.
The four-story residence hall, with 371
beds, was constructed in 1967.
University officials said the building will
get modern bathrooms with more individual privacy as well as open-concept floor
community spaces, which are highly desired by today’s college students.
Meyer said UW-Stout’s enrollment has
increased significantly in the past 10 years, and this renovation will help
accommodate that increased population. “This hall is a real workhorse for the
campus,” Meyer said, adding that it will better accommodate students with
The North Hall project will not be funded
with taxpayer dollars but through student housing fees.
Construction is scheduled to start in June
2018 and will be completed in July 2019.
M. Price Commons
Merle M. Price Commons also was built in
1967. The project will remodel about 19,000 square feet on the first floor to
accommodate housing, student life offices and dining administrative offices, as
well as areas for students to gather and collaborate.
The second floor of the building, which
includes the main campus dining hall, was renovated in 2009.
The building is a heavily used central
gathering space for first-year students. Along with the dining hall, it houses a
mail and package distribution center, meeting rooms and several key service
Renovation is badly needed to modernize the
HVAC systems, elevators, accessibility and to install a fire suppression system,
Meyer said, adding that students will appreciate an update to the finishes of
the building to make it feel more like a 2015 building than a 1967 building.
The cost to renovate Merle M. Price Commons
also will come from student fees.
Merle M. Price was a professor, Dean of Men
and Dean of Students who retired in 1972 after 42 years at UW-Stout.
Construction is scheduled to start in May
2018 and be completed in August 2019.
Scott Walker uses a UW-Stout coffee mug during the Wisconsin State Building
Commission meeting Wednesday in Madison.
Third: North Hall
Fourth: Merle M. Price Commons