The University of Wisconsin-River Falls expects to begin construction next year on a $117 million academic building aimed at addressing growing demand for science and technology-related degrees. Now, the project must get the approval of the state Building Commission, which rejected the proposal during the 2021 state budget process.

During its meeting on June 10, the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents gave UW-River Falls the authority to construct a new Science and Technology Innovation Center project on the state’s westernmost campus.

Known on campus as the SciTech building project, it features 73,865 square feet of classroom space for biology, chemistry, pre-engineering and health sciences programs and a first floor dedicated to collaborations with regional businesses.

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