The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is building the $82 million Prairie Springs Science Center. Designed by SmithGroupJJR and River Architects, the 187,000-sf facility will provide 36 instructional labs and 23 research labs. The LEED-certified project will create a distinctive new home for the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Geography/Earth Science, Mathematics, Microbiology, Physics, and River Studies, as well as housing the offices of the Dean of the College of Science and Health. Ground was broken on the facility in November of 2016 and occupancy is expected in fall of 2018. A second phase of construction will include demolition of the existing science center and construction of a connected, 146,000-sf building providing classrooms, collaborative learning spaces, offices, conference rooms, and support.