“Renovating Heritage Hall allows UW-Stout to reduce its campus footprint while still providing our students with an efficient, flexible, and improved learning environment. We are excited about the impact this renovation will have on our ability to support student success,” said Justin Utpadel, senior facilities officer of Facilities Management.
The project includes demolition of the 1954 portion of the Vocational Rehabilitation Building, a block west of Heritage Hall, with the programs relocating to Heritage Hall, including four Graduate School programs in school counseling, clinical mental health counseling, marriage and family therapy, and psychology.
The portion of the Vocational Rehabilitation Building to be torn down opened in 1954 as UW-Stout’s first stand-alone library.
Most of Heritage Hall’s systems, equipment and controls are original to 1973 when the $4.5 million building was dedicated as the Home Economics Building. The name was changed in 2010.
Other improvements will include new code compliant and accessible restrooms; new, more energy efficient windows; new mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire sprinkler systems; and a new roof.
The Board of Regents’ action means that the renovation will be in the UW System’s capital request to the Legislature for the 2023-25 state budget.
If the $120,614,000 project is included in the state budget, final approval still is needed by the State Building Commission. Construction could begin as early as fall 2025 and will take about 24 months.