Evers’ budget proposes Cofrin Library demolition, rebuild – The Press

GREEN BAY – It’s hard to miss the David A. Cofrin Library, the heart of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay which towers over campus, but that could soon change.A plan working its way through Madison calls for the demolition of the eight-story building, and a new, innovative $96.3 million library to be built in its place.The project is part of Gov. Tony Evers’ 2021-23 proposed biennial budget.“The UW Campuses are the economic drivers of the state,” Evers said at UW-Green Bay Wednesday, March 7. “As we come out of the pandemic, we need to Build Back Better with a major investment in technology and higher education. Investing in both is critically important and will help us bounce back faster and better.”

Source: Evers’ budget proposes Cofrin Library demolition, rebuild – The Press

Evers visits UW-Green Bay, highlights Cofrin Library replacement proposal | WLUK

GREEN BAY (WLUK) — Gov. Tony Evers visited the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus Wednesday afternoon.Evers is pushing his proposal for a $96.3 million project to replace the Cofrin Library with an academic technology center and administrative facility.Evers and UWGB leaders say the library has reached the end of its useful life and is expensive to maintain.

Source: Evers visits UW-Green Bay, highlights Cofrin Library replacement proposal | WLUK

Evers Highlights Plan to Replace Cofrin Library During UW-Green Bay Campus Stop | WTAQ News Talk | 97.5 FM · 1360 AM | Green Bay, WI

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) – Governor Tony Evers pushed his $96.3 million project proposal to replace the Cofrin Library on the UW-Green Bay campus during a visit on Wednesday.“The UW Campuses are the economic drivers of the state,” Evers said. “As we come out of the pandemic, we need to Build Back Better with a major investment in technology and higher education.”“Investing in both is critically important and will help us bounce back faster and better.”Chancellor Michael Alexander spoke specifically to the need for a new facility.“Not only is the aging Cofrin Library in major disrepair, it does not reflect the current view of how our future students will receive higher education. With a cost to renovate nearly as much as the cost to replace, the time is right to look to the future and provide the experience we need to serve a growing University,” Alexander said.

Source: Evers Highlights Plan to Replace Cofrin Library During UW-Green Bay Campus Stop | WTAQ News Talk | 97.5 FM · 1360 AM | Green Bay, WI

Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Review: ‘Adam Gaines: Trumpet and Electronics’ DYI-plus in Green Bay

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – The COVID-19 pandemic has shut doors and opened others.The latter involves creativity, such as “Adam Gaines: Trumpet and Electronics.”The music professor’s online presentation “is anything but just another trumpet recital,” he notes before any note is played.Adam Gaines is a member of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Music faculty, an adventuresome outfit. One of its explorations is the “6:30 Concert Series,” which in normal times performs live and in-person in Fort Howard Hall of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on campus.This no-so-normal year, Adam Gaines took his opportunity for a spot in the series and ran with it.

Source: Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Review: ‘Adam Gaines: Trumpet and Electronics’ DYI-plus in Green Bay

UW-Green Bay: Governor Evers visits to tour library and discuss replacement of deteriorating building | WisPolitics.com

Green Bay, Wis.— Governor Tony Evers visited UW-Green Bay today, getting a behind-the-scenes tour of the Cofrin Library and need for replacement of the 50-year-old building. He joined UW-Green Bay Chancellor Michael Alexander, UW-Green Bay’s Council of Trustees Chairman and Managing Director of Titletown Tech Craig Dickman and Student Government Association President Guillermo Gomez.“The UW Campuses are the economic drivers of the state,” Evers said. “As we come out of the pandemic, we need to Build Back Better with a major investment in technology and higher education.”“Investing in both is critically important and will help us bounce back faster and better.”Chancellor Alexander spoke specifically to the need for a new facility.

Source: UW-Green Bay: Governor Evers visits to tour library and discuss replacement of deteriorating building | WisPolitics.com

Evers tours aging Cofrin Library in push for $96.3 million tech center

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers is touring the David A. Cofrin Library at UW-Green Bay as his administration recommends funding a new technology center to replace the decades-old building.A $96.3 million Cofrin Technology and Education Center was one of several building projects recommended to the State Building Commission as part of the governor’s 2021-2023 Capital Budget. Republicans on the commission rejected the governor’s budget and sent it to the Joint Finance Committee where the Cofrin project could find support and live on.The library, built in 1972, would be demolished in favor of the tech center. A feasibility study completed in 2020 found renovation would not be cost effective, according to the budget proposal. Part of the building is described as being in “unstable condition.”“The vast majority of the exterior envelope has failed, requiring the removal and replacement of more than 75 percent of the face brick to resolve its condition,” reads the proposal.

Source: Evers tours aging Cofrin Library in push for $96.3 million tech center

Gov. Evers tours UWGB’s Cofrin Library, discusses replacement of deteriorating building | WFRV Local 5 – Green Bay, Appleton

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Governor Tony Evers visited the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay Wednesday to discuss replacing the deteriorating Cofrin Library on campus.The behind-the-scenes tour showed how the 50-year-old building is holding up and according to University leaders, the age of the facility has undermined the effectiveness of several programs. Primary mechanical and electrical systems are failing, the exterior needs extensive repairs, energy consumption is high, safety concerns and ADA compliance issues are just some of the issues outlined by officials.

Source: Gov. Evers tours UWGB’s Cofrin Library, discusses replacement of deteriorating building | WFRV Local 5 – Green Bay, Appleton

Next week is Tornado Awareness Week

Wisconsin’s statewide tornado drill is an annual event, typically held during Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week. Due to concerns about the technical limitations of the drill, a decision has been made by Wisconsin Emergency Management, the National Weather Service, the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, and Wisconsin Emergency Alert Systems (EAS) Committee to permanently discontinue the EAS live code test portion of the drill.

Instead, the National Weather Service (NWS) will be conducting a virtual tornado drill this year on Thursday, April 15, 2021. There will not be a test tornado watch or warning that comes out of the NWS office in Wisconsin or Minnesota. So, no Emergency Alert System (EAS) message will be sent to TV/radio or alerting on NOAA Weather Radio.

Also, WEA (Wireless Emergency Alerts) will not go off on cell phones. The Governor is encouraging everyone in the state to discuss and practice their plans on what to do during a tornado warning at 1:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. on April 15, as this is normally when the drill would take place. For many people, this includes going to their designated tornado shelter, whether they are at school, work or home.

Please keep Kress Center Parking open for Prevea Vaccination Site, COVID-19 Testing

A message from Parking Services, University Police:
As you are aware, Prevea Health has been partnering with UW-Green Bay to provide the community COVID-19 mass vaccinations at the Kress Events Center on the Green Bay Campus. When the began operations on Jan. 18, you saw increased vehicular traffic in the area and the availability of parking reduced. As we moved forward to when people were eligible for their second injection, the traffic increased yet again. Now with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services announcing that all individuals age 16 and older are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, we anticipate a very high demand at UW-Green Bay. This high demand will surely increase traffic, but also necessitate ample parking for those patients as they seek their care.

This is a reminder that the Kress Events Center parking lot is dedicated to supporting both the Prevea Health vaccination clinic and the campus student/faculty/staff testing formerly conducted in the Turf Gym. If you are not participating in one of these activities, please plan on parking in an alternate location. The nearby Baird Foundation parking lot is fully open and provides ample parking for those wishing to use the Kress Center as well as Mary Ann Cofrin Hall.