UWP field house to get new look

June 16, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE - Out with the old to update with the new, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Williams Fieldhouse will undergo renovations this summer, replacing windows, asbestos bearing panels and other facets of the facility to ensure a more energy-efficient building.

"The existing single-glaze windows and storefront doors were installed when the building was constructed in 1960, more than 40 years ago," said Doug Stephens, UWP campus planner. "The windows and doors are in poor condition due to age, and replacement parts are no longer available. The 54 single-glaze windows and eight exterior doors are a major cause of energy loss."

In addition to the replacement of windows and panels, selected areas of the interior ceiling and exterior soffits will be replaced or repaired. The project will also include replacement of the north exterior doors and the construction of a north vestibule. Epic Construction in Dubuque, Iowa, has been assigned to the estimated $310,000 project. Despite state-budget cuts, the project will proceed as planned.

"This project is funded by General Fund Supported Borrowing-Facilities Repair and Renovation," Stephens said. "All capital improvement projects are carefully prioritized as required by the University of Wisconsin System. Projects with the highest priority are clearly defined and sent to the State Building Commission for approval and the governor's signature. Approval is mandatory before construction. This facility's repair and renovation project was established as high priority based on the deterioration of the windows, doors and soffits."

The project is anticipated to be completed by the fall, providing students and the University with an up-to-date learning and teaching environment that is comfortable and energy efficient.

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