UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
This project constructs a new 146,434 ASF/ 203,100 GSF building for the Health and Human Performance (HHP) programs, athletics, and student recreation as an addition to the existing Hunt/Knowles complex. The building includes classrooms, a human performance laboratory, an anatomy laboratory, a large gymnasium, dance studio, smooth surface gym, offices, locker rooms, training rooms, and other supporting spaces. The project also remodels approximately 4,985 GSF of space in the existing Hunt/Knowles complex to tie into and support the new addition. Because of the distance from the central heating plant, this project will not extend the existing campus steam system, but will include a boiler for heating.
This project renews approximately $775,000 of maintenance needs in the Hunt/Knowles complex. Upon completion of the new HHP facility, the 67,150 GSF Karges Physical Education Center and the 20,484 GSF Emogene Nelson Building (now occupied by HHP) will be demolished. Demolition of those buildings will eliminate operating costs and maintenance needs in those facilities as well.
This project also constructs a 350-stall parking lot adjacent to the new building to serve the parking needs of the new facility and to address a general deficiency of parking at the Hunt/Knowles complex.
October 9, 2008 - Architect team assigned for the pre-design and programming phase of the project; American Design, Inc. from Milwaukee, WI in association with HOK Design.
November 17, 2008 - “Kick-off” meeting for pre-design phase of the HHP project.
Attendees: UWRF campus planner, members of the HHP Building Committee, representatives from UW System Administration and Division of State Facilities, and representatives from A/E (Architect and Engineering teams).
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - the Governor recommended and the State Building Commission approved $63.5 million for advance enumeration of the long-awaited Health and Human Performance Project on campus. Chancellor Van Galen, who spoke to the Higher Education Subcommittee of the Commission on Tuesday, expressed gratitude to those involved in the project stating "many faculty and staff have passionately worked on this project for many years, and I am grateful for all of their efforts. Also, I am grateful for the support of many external groups, including our legislative delegation, alumni and friends of UWRF." Formal approval as part of the state's biennial budget process later this spring would enable design and fund raising efforts to move forward, with the start of construction possible in late 2013. The project would include an expansion and renovation of the current Hunt/Knowles complex.