UW-River Falls Celebrates Potential of SciTech Building

As supporters of the largest building project in the history of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls gathered on campus Monday for a ceremony celebrating the construction of the $117 million structure, the roar of nearby construction was evidence that work on the Science and Technology Innovation Center (SciTech) has already begun.

UW-River Falls officials, faculty and staff were joined by local and state government politicians, Universities of Wisconsin officials, business owners and others to applaud building at the site that began in late summer after Hagestad Hall was torn down. They told an audience that SciTech will be transformational to students and the regional economy and is only possible because of numerous strong partnerships necessary to overcome challenges since SciTech planning began in 2015.

“You were tireless proponents for this project, and in so many meaningful ways you ignited the power of collaboration,” Gallo told the audience. “So many of you have been there ready, willing and able to invest in a facility and vision which will not only impact our campus but the entire community and region.”

Referencing the sound of construction behind him, Universities of Wisconsin President Jay Rothman said SciTech will address critical needs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) instruction to address industry needs. The celebration of SciTech marks a “historic day” at UW-River Falls, he said.