A new science building is in the works at UW-Stevens Point, all for students who love long days in the lab. It's four floors and just under 170,000 square feet of energy efficient design.
The State Building Commission approved the $75 million request on Thursday, and that means breaking ground on the new building is even closer. If it passes with the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee review, it will be considered as part of the 2013-15 budget.
The new building will feature labs, lecture halls, and research facilities with cutting-edge equipment.
The current building is 50 years old, and administrators say it's simply outdated. The new building provides a better learning environment for students who want a hands-on approach.
"We're moving away from the big lecture hall where students just passively receive knowledge," says Greg Summers, Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. "We're moving towards the type of laboratory teaching spaces where they can do hands-on work right with the professor in the classroom."
The current science building will continue to be used until the new one is finished. Construction on the project could start as soon as the spring of 2015, with a completion date of spring 2017.
Excluding UW-Madison, the Stevens Point campus had more graduates complete doctorate degrees in science technology, engineering and mathematics majors than any other UW school from 1997 to 2006.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.