PLATTEVILLE, WIS. - The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Williams Fieldhouse addition is complete and is now open to students and Pioneer Activity Center members starting this Spring 2019 semester.
Williams Fieldhouse expanded by 55,925 square feet with another 2,681 square feet of remodeled space to the existing facility. The project added three multi-purpose athletic courts; Fitness Center expansion of cardiovascular, weight training and exercise areas; as well as a new athletic training room for the 16-sport Pioneer Athletic Department, lockers, showers and restrooms. In addition to increased indoor space, a new outdoor multi-sport artificial turf field with outdoor lighting was constructed northwest of the intersection of Jay Street and Southwest Road.
"The fieldhouse expansion will benefit our entire student body, our faculty and staff and our community," said Chancellor Dennis J. Shields. "I am a strong believer in a healthy body and healthy mind concept. This facility will enhance both the body and mind."
The expansion is the third addition to the Williams Fieldhouse complex since the original building construction in 1961. The first addition was the Pioneer Athletic Center, completed in 1989. The second addition was the Pioneer Fitness Center, completed in 2010. The recent addition complements the Pioneer Fitness Center, and was constructed to the former south and west sides of the Pioneer Fitness Center. The expansion addresses space needs – university wide – related to wellness, fitness and recreation.
The university has increased by about 2,200 undergraduate students since the 1989 expansion and almost 400 since the 2010 addition. Due to increased enrollment, the new addition offers needed court space for club sports, intramurals and is open recreation to students.
The project was entirely funded by student segregated fees, as supported in the 2013 student body referendum.