Gov. Evers: Building commission approves $65M for key projects

MADISON — Gov. Evers announced today that the State of Wisconsin Building Commission approved a total of approximately $65 million in key projects across the state.

“From public safety improvements and building renovations to celebrating Wisconsin’s brewing heritage at Old World Wisconsin, I am glad the Building Commission approved these critical projects today in order to invest in needed repairs and upgrades across state properties,” said Gov. Evers. 

Highlights of approvals include:

  • Construction of three Department of Natural Resources Fire Response Ranger Station replacement projects to aid in public safety at Cornell, Gresham, and Black River Falls;
  • Grant release for the State’s contribution to the new addition of the La Crosse Center;
  • Construction of the Old Brewery and Biergarten as the Brewing Experience building at Old World Wisconsin;
  • Construction of exterior envelope repairs at Mary Ann Cofrin Hall/Wood Hall at UW-Green Bay as part of the Minor Facilities Renewal Program;
  • Release of Building Trust Funds-Planning for preliminary design of the UW-Whitewater Winther Hall addition and renovation project, and design of the UW-Oshkosh Clow Hall renovation phase II project; and
  • Construction of 15 maintenance and repair projects located at various locations in 11 counties across the state for the Departments of Administration, Corrections, Health Services, Natural Resources, State Fair Park, and the UW-System.

The Building Commission is chaired by Gov. Evers and includes the following members:

  • State Senator Janis Ringhand;
  • State Senator Jerry Petrowski;
  • State Senator Patrick Testin;
  • State Representative Jill Billings; 
  • State Representative Rob Swearingen;
  • State Representative Mark Born; and
  • Citizen member Summer Strand.