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Building commission releases $11 million for upgrades at Marquette’s dental school

Building commission releases $11 million for upgrades at Marquette’s dental school

The Wisconsin State Building Commission has released about $11 million for upgrades and renovations at Marquette University School of Dentistry.

The $28 million project, which had a required match of more than $17 million, will support construction, renovation and the provision of capital equipment.

Marquette University President Michael Lovell said the dollars will support the school’s “mission to prepare leading, patient-centered dental practitioners” who are “able to respond to the dental industry’s growing and shifting demands.” It also furthers efforts to “expand access to oral healthcare statewide, particularly for Wisconsin’s underserved and most needy populations, for decades to come.”

Overall, the commission approved $341.8 million for key projects across the state when it met at the Wisconsin State Fair earlier this week, including:

  • $78.4 million for a juvenile correctional facility in Milwaukee County and $6 million for preparing a similar facility in Dane County. The facilities aim to allow more young people to be located closer to home and help the state move toward closing the Lincoln Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for Girls located outside Irma. The focus on smaller institutions also helps with offering programs in a “treatment environment,” according to the commission’s agenda.
  • $18.2 million for expanding the skilled care unit at Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Facility in Mauston.
  • $7.8 million for a new health services unit and restorative housing unit at the Wisconsin Secure Program Facility in Boscobel to meet the health needs of the facility’s aging resident population.
  • $7.8 million for various maintenance, repair and renovation projects at facilities run by the Department of Health Services.

Read more about the projects.


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