Boebel Hall, UW-Platteville’s main science building, houses laboratories, lecture halls, and research spaces that serve the biology, geography and geology, and chemistry departments. With no renovations since 1977, the labs and classrooms were undersized and poorly ventilated. In 2008, in conjunction with departmental user groups, Continuum created a detailed space program using room data sheets that determined which instructional programs could not be performed without new labs and then outlined a phased renovation plan. Phase 1 renovated 8,000 square feet on the first floor by converting classroom space into four biology wet labs and was completed in 2010.
In 2018, Continuum completed a detailed space program for Phase 2, including conceptual drawings and a construction cost estimate. The document was used to secure funding for a recommended 46,000-square-foot renovation and 5,000-square-foot addition. The new spaces include nine research labs for biology, as well as human cadaver and animal housing areas, an animal procedure room, and a greenhouse. Geography and geology will get four labs, three classrooms, a computer lab, and collaboration space. Chemistry labs and support spaces will occupy the top floor. Phase 2 is expected to be completed in 2020.