WEST ALLIS — Governor Tony Evers announced today that the Wisconsin State Building Commission met at the Wisconsin State Fair and approved a total of approximately $306 million in key projects across the state. The projects authorized today are located in 13 counties and will create $553 million in economic activity and approximately 3,600 jobs.
“With each round of investment through the State Building Commission, we are investing in Wisconsin’s infrastructure and our future while strengthening economic activity and creating family-friendly jobs across our state,” the governor said. Evers. “From cancer research to training the next generation of leaders in our schools across the UW system, to emergency services, forensic science, and treatment and diversion programs, each of the approved investments today will benefit the people of our state, support local and regional economies, and strengthen our communities.
Highlights of Commission-approved projects include:
- Authorization to purchase the new Milwaukee Crime Lab from the Department of Justice once construction is complete. This approximately 92,000 gross square foot (GSF) replacement and upgrade facility will be built on the Medical College of Wisconsin portion of the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center and will be co-located with the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Milwaukee County Office of Emergency Management to create a centralized center for the advancement of forensic science.
- Construction of a new facility to house safe residential treatment and diversion programs at Oshkosh Correctional Institution.
- Construction of several facilities for the Department of Natural Resources, including a new toilet and shower building and a vaulted toilet facility at Council Grounds State Park and the replacement of the Minong Ranger Station.
- Upgraded cooling systems at Wisconsin Veterans Home in King to fully meet system requirements.
- Awarded a grant to the Medical College of Wisconsin to help build a new 150,000 GSF Cancer Research Center that will benefit and expand cancer research statewide.
- Renovation of HVAC systems at Graff Main Hall at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
- Authorize the construction of the new 131,300 GSF Science and Technology Innovation Center at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls to house the departments of biology, chemistry, physics and psychology and various science and agricultural programs.
- Authorize two projects for the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and the University of Wisconsin-Higher under the Minor Facilities Renewal Program Group Enumerations.
- Authorize 21 maintenance and repair projects for the University of Wisconsin’s administration, health services, military affairs, transportation, veterans, and system departments at various locations in 10 counties across the State.
Projects approved by the State Building Commission will benefit the following counties: Dane, Eau Claire, Kenosha, La Crosse, Lincoln, Marathon, Milwaukee, Monroe, Pierce, Portage, Washburn, Waupaca and Winnebago.
The State Building Commission is chaired by Governor Evers and consists of the following members:
- State Senator Janis Ringhand;
- State Senator Jerry Petrowski;
- State Senator André Jacques;
- State Representative Jill Billings;
- State Representative Rob Swearingen;
- State Representative Robert Wittke; and
- Citizen Member Summer Strand.
An online version of this press release is available here