MADISON – Governor Tony Evers announced that Wisconsin The State Building Commission approved a total of approximately $106.4 million in key projects across the state that will help the state government provide better care and services to Wisconsin residents and veterans, support career growth of Wisconsin’s blind and visually impaired community and to meet critical maintenance needs at a variety of state facilities.
“Ensuring that we provide quality care to our state’s veteran population, especially those who depend on the services of our state’s veterans homes, and expanding opportunities for people with disabilities are utmost importance to our state and investing in their well-being is always an investment well madesaid Governor Evers. “I am also grateful to the Commission for recognizing the importance of making the necessary improvements to the facilities of our state agencies and our educational institutions, whether it is updating dormitories and students’ classrooms or build clean energy systems to meet our state’s future energy needs..”
Highlights of Commission-approved projects include:
- A food service renovation project at the Mendota Mental Health Institute that will provide more reliable food service operations and enable the facility to meet increased needs.
- Authorize the construction of several important projects for the Department of Veterans Affairs, including:
- Improvements to upgrade well equipment and water treatment system to improve water quality and system reliability at Wisconsin Veterans Home in King;
- Upgrades to the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery to build additional columbarium niches and cremain spaces; and
- Upgrading the kitchen system at Wisconsin Veterans Home in Union Grove, allowing the facility to transition to serving meals prepared on-site.
- State funding released for Beyond Vision visABILITY center in West Allis to build a new 130,000 gross square feet (GSF) facility to provide career paths and services to the Blind and Visually Impaired community of Wisconsin.
- Authorization for construction of the Sandburg Hall West Tower Renovation Project at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
- Released building trust funds to begin the next phase of planning and designing several toilet and shower facility replacements for the Department of Natural Resources.
- Funding released for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Agricultural Hall Renovation, as part of the 2019-21 Classroom Renovation and Instructional Technology Census.
- Authorize 24 maintenance and repair projects for the Departments of Corrections, Health Services, Military Affairs, and Natural Resources, State Fair Park, Wisconsin Historical Society, and the University of Wisconsin-System, located at various locations throughout 14 counties across the state.
- Construction of a photovoltaic solar array at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside transferring 3,100 megawatt hours (MWh) of electrical energy from the electrical grid to 100% renewable energy.
The Building Commission is chaired by Governor Evers and consists of the following members:
- State Senator Janis Ringhand;
- State Senator Jerry Petrowski;
- State Senator André Jacques;
- State Representative Jill Billings;
- State Representative Rob Swearingen;
- State Representative Robert Wittke; and
- Citizen Member Summer Strand.