UW-Platteville cuts ribbon on new $55 million engineering building

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — University officials and local leaders cut the ribbon Thursday on a new $55 million engineering building at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

The new Sesquicentennial Hall includes three classrooms, multiple laboratories, study space and an accessible green roof.

Also included is the Huff Family Innovation Center, which the university bills as a facility where students can take ideas from concept to design to prototype using a variety of tools and equipment and collaborate with others. According to the university, it’s one of the largest makerspaces in the Midwest.

“SQH has a lot to offer all of us,” interim Chancellor Tammy Evetovich said during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday afternoon. “This is a beautiful building with cutting-edge technology infused with top innovation for our students. SQH will not only attract more students but most importantly provide more hands-on learning experiences that will forever change the future of our students and our university. Simply put, SQH transforms how we teach and learn. This building is a true pioneer.”

Dr. Philip Parker, the interim dean of UW-Platteville’s College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science, said the building will benefit not just students and faculty members but the community as a whole.

“Our state’s economy is increasingly dependent on a technology workforce, including a strong engineering workforce. You don’t find engineering programs just anywhere because they are expensive to maintain, and so we are so grateful for the state’s $55 million investment in engineering at UW-Platteville to help make sure our engineering programs continue to be the best in the region,” he said.

The new facility, he added, will also bolster the university’s reputation for its engineering programs.

When combined with the adjoining Busby Hall of Engineering, the university said there will be 200,000 square feet of space for engineering and computer science in the complex.