Building Commission

Pictured are crews working on UW-Madison's new Meat Science and Muscle Biology Laboratory. The Legislature's budget-writing committee on Monday approved a $1 billion plan to build and maintain state facilities, including $60.3 million for the UW-Madison campus.

AMBER ARNOLD, STATE JOURNAL

The Legislature’s budget-writing committee has unanimously endorsed a $1 billion plan to build and maintain state facilities, including more than $60 million for the UW-Madison campus.

With a 16-0 vote Monday, the committee added the plan to the broader budget on which the full Legislature is expected to vote later this month.

The plan includes Gov. Scott Walker’s $792 million in recommendations for buildings and facilities projects for colleges and universities and agencies throughout state government — both new construction and remodeling and maintenance of existing buildings.

It adds $223 million for building and facilities projects, most of it at the University of Wisconsin’s Madison, Eau Claire, Platteville, Parkside and River Falls campuses.

Some Dane County projects are included in the plan:

  • $32.7 million to overhaul utility infrastructure on the UW-Madison campus, including work on thermal, electrical, water and sewer facilities in two areas of campus: along Lathrop Drive and in the Bascom Hill area.
  • $23.7 million to remodel living units and replace a boiler at Mendota Mental Health Institute.
  • $23.6 million to build a parking ramp on the site of Parking Lot 62 on the UW-Madison campus.
  • $4.8 million to build a chronic wasting disease processing center for the state Department of Natural Resources — replacing an existing facility in Black Earth. The plan calls for the state to buy the building housing the DNR Science Operations Center in Monona, then build, as an addition, a 4,700-square-foot chronic wasting disease processing center.
  • $4 million for renovations to UW-Extension’s Lowell Hall, 610 Langdon St.

A Walker spokesman, Tom Evenson, declined Monday to say if the governor will use his line-item veto authority to veto individual projects that weren’t recommended by the state Building Commission, of which Walker is chair- man.

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Mark Sommerhauser covers state government and politics for the Wisconsin State Journal.