Bowman Hall, a 135-foot clock tower, located on University of Wisconsin–Stout’s Main Campus, will be undergoing construction throughout the years of 2018 and 2019.
Bowman Hall was built in 1897, making it one of the oldest buildings on campus. It is listed under the National Register as part of the Menomonie Downtown Historic District. The building was named after Clyde A. Bowman, a man that administered in Stout’s industrial education program starting in 1919.
The reconstruction on Bowman Hall was approved in the summer of 2017 with a budget of $8.9M. North Hall and the Merle M. Price Commons will also undergo renovations.
“The [Bowman Hall] project consists primarily of exterior restoration of the original brick and stone,” said Mike Bowman, Stout’s project manager, “This will be accomplished by manufacturing limited numbers of new brick to match the original building brick and replacing only brick that is currently damaged.”
Along with new bricks, the windows will also be replaced, and there will be new entrance doors to the east and west sides of the building. Upgrades to rooms such as Registration and Records will be completed, along with some new roofing and a new copper-cap roof for the clock tower.
“This project is classified as a State of Wisconsin Department of Facilities Development and Management project, therefore only authorized personnel will be allowed on-site through the construction process,” Bowman said. Those that aren’t working on the project will not be allowed in the clock tower.
The departments located in Bowman Hall are the Advisement Office, Registration and Records, Student Services, the Financial Aid Office and the Counseling Center. Information on where certain departments within Bowman will be located has yet to be released. The departments affected have yet to be determined.
UW-Stout students seem to have positive opinions on the future revisions that will be done to Bowman Hall.
“The building looks really nice right now, but I guess the renovation couldn’t hurt,” said Anna Cramer, a sophomore in the business administration program, “Saving the architecture and the history of Stout is pretty important. I guess I’m kind of neutral about it.”
“[The renovations are] a good thing. It’ll probably look more updated, and maybe more people will come to Stout,” stated Kailee Bjereke, a junior majoring in professional communication and emerging media, “It looks old, so renovating it will make it look more modern and up-to-date.”
Stoutonia will continue to update information on the project as more information is released.