U.W. wants more control from state to manage revenue building projects

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OSHKOSH, Wis. (WBAY) – The University of Wisconsin System wants more control over on-campus building projects it makes money from, like residence halls, student unions and recreation facilities.

Right now the state manages those projects, and UW System leaders say that’s meant more costs and delays in getting the projects done.

UW-Oshkosh says it’s seen some of its own projects delayed through the current state process, and the UW System has to pay fees to the Department of Administration for its work, which can be up to 4 percent of the cost of the project.

What the UW System wants is to design and manage the projects they don’t get state funding for, because delays in projects can force student fees to go up.

“For program revenue projects, if we didn’t have to go through the state’s process overall we would be able to reduce the time that it would take to get from design through completion,” UW-Oshkosh Planning Director Jo Ann Rife said.

The State Department of Administration which manages the projects, believes it’s an efficient process.

“As joint members of the project team, every project is unique and DOA-DFD is able to assist with scope changes the UW System requests that often cause delays in the project,” Department of Administration Communication Director Steve Michels

The UW System has included this proposal in its biennial budget, along with $713 million for capital projects, which involves maintenance and repair of classroom buildings and libraries.

The governor typically releases his budget to the legislature in February and it’s signed by June.