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WITC breaks ground for new addition

Officials from WITC-New Richmond, Miron Construction and LHB Architects along with community officials hold the gold shovels during groundbreaking ceremonies May 3. (Photo by Jason Schulte)

While the weather placed a delay on the official groundbreaking at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College-New Richmond, it couldn’t stop the heavy equipment from digging in as soon as the snow melted. But the formalities of a groundbreaking were recently realized with a sea of gold shovels and onlookers. The latest addition to WITC-New Richmond is well underway, with concrete footings and walls poured, and daily activity that rivals the busiest ant hill.

The $1.5 million addition of 5,400 square feet and $1.345 million remodel of 9,700 square feet is predominantly located at the northeast side of the college’s brick building. Officials anticipate completion in early fall. When finished, it will expand the learning resource center and student commons area. An outdoor patio will tie into a door near the Cashman Conference Center, making the beautiful grounds more accessible to students and conference center guests.

Also, a new air handling unit will be designed for the building addition and existing pneumatic controls will be changed to Direct Digital Controls (DDC) in the remodeled spaces.

Key points to the addition and remodel are:

New commons space that allows more functional student events area on campus.

Addition of six group study areas for use by students and staff.

Expanded student activities area for use by student government and student clubs and activities, including a dedicated meeting space.

Upgrades and updates to the Cashman Conference Center which serves both the campus and community.

Upgrades to our student success area and Learning Resource Center that provide support to students and the public.

Architects for the project are LHB Corporation and the general contractor is Miron Construction.

Submitted by WITC

Pictured in the front row are (from the left) Steve Decker, WITC-New Richmond interim campus administrator and WITC vice president; Sarah Reas, WITC student; Susan Yohnk Lockwood, WITC divisional dean; Marilyn McCarty, former WITC-New Richmond campus administrator; Dave Miner, WITC board of directors; John Will, WITC president; Sen. Sheila Harsdorf; Bonny Copenhaver, WITC-Superior campus administrator and WITC vice president; Karin Stuber, LHB Corporation. In the back row are Len Borgen, Miron Construction; Joe Huftel, former WITC-New Richmond campus administrator and WITC vice president, Toby Sontag, Miron Construction; Kevin Holm, LHB Architects; Jon White, Miron Construction; Adam Jack, Miron Construction; Rob Kreibich, New Richmond Chamber of Commerce; and Dan Jack, Miron Constructio