City to Hear Final Plans for UWSP Science Building
By Brandi Makuski
City leaders this month will see the final site plan review for a long-awaited new chemistry and biology building on the UWSP campus.
University officials will be on hand at Monday’s City Plan Commission to present the overview of the new $75 million, 176,000 square-foot facility, which will include four floors of labs, two 100-seat lecture halls, twelve 55-seat classrooms and a conservatory. The city saw a detailed presentation on the project in January.
The site plan will also be forwarded to the full City Council, which meets on the third Monday in March.
The building is slated for construction on the existing Lot X between Fourth Ave. and Stanley and Fremont streets. The project was approved by the State Building Commission last March.
The proposal also includes detailed elements such as a bird tower, discovery garden, outdoor class room and possible sculpture area.
Construction is expected to begin in October of 2015, with estimated completion by spring of 2018.
The new building will also eliminate over 340 parking spaces for UWSP students, leaving Stevens Point officials scrambling for parking solutions. Some of that parking is expected to be picked up by additions to surrounding university lots, to include a new parking lot near the city’s fire department.
The Plan Commission meets at 6 PM in the Lincoln Center, 1519 Water Street. The public is welcome.