‘This is our future:’ Thompson, Blank ask legislature to help pay for UW campus projects

MADISON, Wis. — UW-Madison leadership says it’s time for some campus upgrades after a concrete slab fell off of Van Hise Hall last week.

No one was hurt, but Governor Tony Evers says he wants it fixed right away, and it’s not the only building that needs some work.

UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank and UW System president Tommy Thompson say the Humanities bBuilding needs at least $70 million in maintenance, which the university says would not be a good investment.

Instead, they want to tear it down and build something new.

To do that, they’re asking the state legislature to include $65 million — plus $100 million for a new Engineering Building in the state’s capital budget.

“This is our future,” interim UW System President Tommy Thompson said. “This is not some chancellor or some acting president coming up here and wanting to spend money. We want to build the capital. We want to build the campus, we want to build a state. In order to do that, we need some collaboration and some understanding.”

The other funding would come from gifts and grants.

If the legislature approves it, the projects would be completed by the end of 2025.