Governor Evers: Announces State Building Commission Approves $71 Million Projects Across Wisconsin

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MADISON – Governor Tony Evers announced today that the Wisconsin State Building Commission has approved a total of approximately $71 million in key projects across the state that will continue to address the deferred maintenance backlog and provide funds to begin preliminary design for several major construction projects within Crown-owned facilities.

“These projects are essential to modernizing our state’s infrastructure and helping to ensure our buildings are operating efficiently and safely,” Governor Evers said. “I am grateful for the commission’s support for these important projects and look forward to continuing our work supporting and investing in our state’s infrastructure.”

Highlights of Commission-approved projects include:

  • Construction of water system upgrades to the Waupun Generating Station which provides water and other utilities to Waupun Correctional Facility, Dodge Correctional Facility, John C. Burke Correctional Center and at the Waupun Dairy.
  • Release of trust funds for the preliminary design of several projects:
    • A new 100,000 gross square foot history museum located in Capitol Square at North Carroll Street and West Mifflin Street for the Wisconsin Historical Society.
    • New Health Services Unit and Restrictive Housing Unit Expansion at Wisconsin Secure Program Facility and security enhancements at Taycheedah Correctional Facility for the Department of Corrections.
    • An extension of the Skilled Care Unit at the Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center and patient intake area at the Winnebago Mental Health Institute for the Department of Health Services.
    • The new 340,000 gross square foot engineering building replacement in Madison for the University of Wisconsin system.
    • Several projects in five counties for the Departments of Military Affairs, Natural Resources and Veterans Affairs.
  • Construction of a life safety retrofit project in Building 6 at the Central Wisconsin Center in Madison.
  • An LED lighting and electrical upgrade project at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King in Waupaca.
  • A project at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove that will expand the existing columbarium plaza to up to 6,500 niches along with landscape improvements.
  • Authorize the demolition and construction of a new data center in anticipation of the construction of the new Albertson Hall facility at UW-Stevens Point.
  • A chilled water plant cooling tower replacement project at UW-Oshkosh as part of the 2019-21 UW System-Wide Utility Improvements List.
  • Authorizing 16 maintenance and repair projects for the departments of Corrections, Health Services, Military Affairs, Natural Resources, the Wisconsin Historical Society, and the UW System, located at various locations in 13 counties across the State. This includes nine projects for military affairs that leverage $5.2 million in federal funds.
  • A new 400 kW solar PV array on the roof of the General Services Building and Jarvis Hall – Tech Wing at UW-Stout that will reduce campus annual electrical power purchases by 9%, natural gas consumption by 2% and carbon emissions of 1,431 metric tons.

The 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.
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