When one building project wraps up another one begins. UW-Stout has been a beehive of construction activity in the last year.
  • Construction is continuing on a $19 million renovation of the Memorial Student Center, which opened in 1985. The project will completely change the interior and entryways.
  • Major changes include updating the deteriorating infrastructure, especially HVAC and plumbing; creating more open social areas and bringing more natural light into those spaces; building a Student Involvement Center as a hub for student activities; and creating an entrance to the building that is a campus beacon. The building closed in late December and isn’t scheduled to reopen until spring 2012.
  • Last winter, work wrapped up on a long-awaited $5.6 million renovation of Harvey Hall Theatre. The project included reconstruction of the stage extension, replacement of the stage and house lighting and controls, installation of a new sound system and renovation of the stage rigging, curtains and tracks. Seating was replaced and reconfigured.  
  • A grand opening celebration was held April 1, followed by a campus production of the musical “Chicago,” directed by Professor Paul Calenberg.
  • Last fall, a grand opening was held for Jarvis Hall Science Wing. The $43.2 million project added 91,000 square feet of new space for STEM studies and remodeled another 66,400 square feet, giving UW-Stout state-of-the-art labs and classrooms.
  • The university hosted Gov. Jim Doyle for the grand opening celebration Oct. 15. “Jarvis Hall is a statement about this campus as an institution. Our future is one in which STEM education is becoming more and more important,” Doyle said.
  • Last summer, a grand opening was held for the new North Point Dining and Fitness Center/Hovlid Hall remodel on north campus. The $13.6 million project included a new dining facility and a new 24-hour fitness center, along with a new entryway that links Hovlid Hall to Fleming Hall and the dining center. In addition, Hovlid was completely remodeled. The project establishes North Point as the primary gathering place on north campus.
  • What’s next? Two major projects were approved in mid-March by the State Building Commission.
  • $28.2 million to renovate Harvey Hall, the second oldest building on campus and the largest academic building. Harvey Hall opened in 1916.
  • $6.6 million to renovate Fleming Hall, a residence hall built in 1961 on north campus.
Both projects still must pass the Legislature and return to the Building Commission for final authority. The Harvey Hall project is scheduled to be completed in September 2014. Fleming is scheduled to be completed in September 2012.

Summer Outlook 2012