LA CROSSE, Wis. – (WXOW) – UW La Crosse needs a new science building, and that need was endorsed by visiting UW Systems President Ray Cross.
He met with UW La Crosse Chancellor Joe Gow and faculty members as they toured Cowley Hall, the 54-year-old science building. Cross endorsed moving forward with Phase 2 of the current science center project which comes with a cost of around $83 million. He noted how the new building is necessary to advancing education at the university level.
“It’s vital to this state, not just to this community,” Cross said. We need to attract more students to this state majoring in the STEM fields. It’s very hard to teach these kind of courses we teach in this building with the existing facilities.”
Issues with Cowley include it’s structural inability to be renovated. The electrical, plumbing and safety systems are also beyond their normal life spans.
“Well, there’s urgency to this because we need to replace an outdated building,” said UW La Crosse Chancellor Joe Gow. “We’re going to have to advocate strongly for that in the state budget.”