UWP plans December renovations for Ullrich Hall
The project, which is slated to take approximately one year to complete, includes a number of exterior improvements and infrastructure renovations.
"The building requires moderate exterior rehabilitation work, including the replacement of all windows, doors and the roof," said Douglas Stephens, UWP campus planner. "The existing plumbing, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, electrical and elevator systems are inadequate and obsolete. These systems will be completely removed and replaced with modern, energy-efficient equipment and controls."
The improvements will also include new restrooms as well as the integration of new fire detection and alarm systems with a complete sprinkler fire protection system. All architectural finishes, such as floor tile and ceiling and wall finishes throughout the building, will be replaced or renewed.
When the renovation project is complete in December 2003, the facility will be primarily used by the computer science/software engineering department and the business administration department. New telecommunications and data systems will be integrated into the building to accommodate these technology-intensive programs.
Stephens said the University, students and community will greatly benefit by having a newly renovated building specifically designed for technology-based learning.
"There are only a handful of colleges and universities that offer degrees in software engineering, and UWP is one of them," Stephens said. "The Ullrich Hall renovations will directly help support this new program. To continue to be successful in its educational mission, the University will remain progressive as times change and technology advances.
"Southwest Wisconsin should benefit economically by the technological resources available at the University by being very competitive in attracting high-tech companies to the area."
The Ullrich Hall renovation is the last phase of a three-phase building renovation initiative at UWP. The 1995 renovation of Doudna Hall and the 1999 renovation of Russell Hall were the first two phases of the initiative. All three facilities were considered structurally sound and in good condition, however, they did not provide the modern learning environment needed by students and faculty.
River Architects, based in La Crosse, is the architectural firm working with the University on the renovations of Ullrich Hall. Because Ullrich Hall is on the National Historical Register, the outside historical integrity of the building will not be compromised. Budgeted costs of the improvements are estimated at $6.9 million.