uwgb cofrin library
The state of Wisconsin may soon budget to demolish and replace this eight-story university library, which opened in 1972.
Photo courtesy of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay library could be demolition target

Wisconsin governor’s office could budget for demolition and replacement of eight-story UWGB campus library.

April 9, 2021

The eight-story David A. Cofrin Library on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (UWGB) campus may be headed toward the demolition process, if a planned budget item is passed in the Badger State.

The proposed Wisconsin 2021-2023 budget item involves a $96 million expenditure to demolish and replace the campus library, according to an early April news item on the Green Bay-based Press Times website.

The existing library opened in 1972, and planners have concluded that renovations would be more costly and less efficient than replacing the nearly 50-year-old structure, according to the report.

The demolition and rebuilding process will require approval from both chambers of the Wisconsin legislature as well as a joint finance committee, says the Press Times.

UWGB is part of the University of Wisconsin System, which maintains information about demolition and construction bid opportunities on this web page.