Tour of L&S, engineering facilities highlights need for new buildings

University of Wisconsin System Interim President Tommy Thompson and University of Wisconsin–Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank today urged that planned projects to rebuild the College of Engineering and Letters & Science academic buildings move forward in the 2021-23 State Capital Budget.

“Investing in higher education infrastructure is absolutely critical for delivering the kind of educational and research experience that UW–Madison strives to give,” Blank said at a press conference this morning outside the L&S Academic building. “The two projects that are in the budget for this year are cornerstones for growth and success at UW–Madison.”

“My message to the legislature is this is our future,” Thompson said. “We want to build the campus, we want to build the state. In order to do that we need to have some collaboration and some understanding.”

Blank and Thompson were joined at the press conference by College of Letters & Science Dean Eric Wilcots and College of Engineering Dean Ian Robertson.

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