UW-L drives local economic development
New Science Lab to create 1,400 jobs and over $157 million in economic activity

LA CROSSE, WI – Local economic development efforts received a major boost today as the Wisconsin State Building Commission approved the final design and funding for the new University of Wisconsin - La Crosse (UW-L) Science Lab project. 

The construction of the $82 million Science Lab project is estimated to generate over $157 million in economic activity and create roughly 1,400 jobs. The new Science Lab Building will be located just north of the existing Cowley Hall facility and will provide additional space, improved energy efficiency, and modern accommodations for classroom instruction and research.

"This investment will transform the UW-L campus and create hundreds of quality jobs for hardworking families in western Wisconsin,” said Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse). “The new Science Lab building will provide students and faculty additional learning and research opportunities while also boosting economic development efforts throughout our region. I hope that we can continue to invest in infrastructure projects across Wisconsin to create jobs, raise family wages and move our state forward.”

"This project will strengthen UW-L's reputation as a world class university and community centerpiece for years to come," added Representative Jill Billings (D-La Crosse). “I am pleased to see this project move forward as we continue to look for ways to create jobs and invest in educational opportunities for Wisconsin students and families.”

UW-L has been recognized as a national leader in education quality and affordability. The Science Lab project is expected to solidify the campus’ role as a leader in science and technology education. The current UW-L Science Building was originally built in 1963 and has become functionally obsolete. Construction of the new Science Lab building is expected to begin in April of 2016 and be completed in 2018.