For Immediate Release: March 24, 2015

Contact: Senator Janis Ringhand, (608) 266-2253

 

UW-Whitewater Athletic Complex Upgrade Approved

Senator Ringhand Supports Project on State Building Commission

Senator Janis Ringhand (D-Evansville) announced the unanimous approval by the State Building Commission for a $4.2 million upgrade for the UW-Whitewater Athletic Complex. Senator Ringhand, a member of the Wisconsin Building Commission, voted in favor of the project and urge her fellow board members to join her in supporting the Athletic Complex upgrade.

“The UW-Whitewater athletic programs have set a standard of excellence that is the envy of Division III universities throughout America,” Senator Ringhand said. “The Athletic Complex upgrade is over-due and will help the university provide the standard of service that the athletic programs deserve.”

The project would construct a new Athletic Grounds Maintenance Building and fund the renovation and expansion of the Athletic Services Building and the Baseball Services Building. The project is scheduled to be completed by January, 2018.

UW-Whitewater athletics programs have continued to grow as enrollment has increased. The UW-Whitewater athletic programs have gained national prominence. The football team has won multiple Division III championships. The baseball team has won two national championships since 2005 and the men’s basketball team won the national championship in 2014.

Senator Ringhand also pressed the state Department of Administration (DOA) regarding the delays in the construction of a new semi-suite style residence hall on campus. While the 400 bed facility received initial approval in February 2013, the DOA has yet to take any steps needed to design, bid and construct the residence hall. Lack of action by DOA has caused this project, originally scheduled to be completed by September 2016, to fall two years behind schedule. Governor Walker indicated that the project would remain on hold pending the outcome of his proposal to change the governing structure of the University of Wisconsin System.

Because of campus growth and deteriorating condition of housing off-campus, UW-Whitewater is experiencing a severe housing shortage. The campus has contracted with off-campus landlords to house 450 students while residence halls are being renovated.  In addition, the campus has recently resorted to using lounges to house 200 additional students and is releasing 700 sophomores from residence hall requirements.

The State Building Commission was formed in 1949 to develop and oversee the implementation of a long-range building program for Wisconsin state facilities.