Public Input Session – Oct 17

Exterior Design Public Input Session & Unveiling

OCTOBER 17, 2019

An informational session of the Common Council has been scheduled per Mayor Tim Kabat at the request of La Crosse Center Director Art Fahey.

The La Crosse Center will be hosting a Public Input Session on Thursday, October 17 from 5-7PM on the La Crosse Center expansion project where the most recent floor plans and renderings will be presented with an opportunity for public feedback.

At 6PM there will be an informational presentation to the Common Council which the public is invited to attend. The project architects ISG, the construction management team of Kraus Anderson, the La Crosse Center Board and the La Crosse Center staff will be in attendance to answer questions.

Debt Resolution Receives Unanimous Approval

Debt Resolution Receives
Unanimous Approval

June 21, 2019

The City of La Crosse has a plan to make its debt payments for the La Crosse Center after the La Crosse Common Council voted unanimously to approve a resolution on Thursday, June 13.

In 2016, the La Crosse Common Council approved borrowing $35 million. The La Crosse Center has also received a $5 million state tourism grant and set aside $2 million in other funds for the project.

That debt is expected to result in an annual $2.5 million debt service payment, which the resolution addresses.

Under the repayment plan, the payment would be broken down into $1.3 million from hotel room tax dollars, $25,000 from facility fees, $100,000 from La Crosse County and $50,000 from Onalaska, with the remainder coming from the city property tax levy. If La Crosse County and Onalaska choose not to contribute, those funds will be paid for out of property taxes.


North Hall & Improvements Compromise Accepted

North Hall & Improvements
Compromise Accepted

April 19, 2019

The La Crosse City Council voted unanimously to move forward with the proposed plan for the expansion and improvement project. The modified concept adds space, increases connectivity, maximizes river views, improves the entrance area, and elevates the overall quality and experience of the La Crosse Center.



As reported by La Crosse Tribune, “The council voted 12-0 to accept the compromise put forth by La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat and Council President Martin Gaul last week, which adds another 3,000 square feet to North Hall and includes solar panels on the roof of the arena, thanks to change in scope for the maintenance portion.”

“The La Crosse Center Board, our staff, the stakeholders and really the community has done a phenomenal job over the last months to really come up with the concept that I would argue is a better concept than what we saw last year” said Mayor Kabat.

Based on the La Crosse Common Council Meeting, ISG has created updated floor plans for the La Crosse Center renovation and expansion. These plans reflect the decision to rebuild the North hall at 15,000 square feet.

Status & Direction Public Meeting

Status & Direction
Public Meeting

Feb 26, 2019

The La Crosse Center and ISG will hold a Public Input Session on Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the La Crosse Center Ballroom.

Items to be discussed include the following:

• Renovation and expansion priorities
• Design concept details, including room sizes, dimensions, and amenities (bolt-ons)
• Building style and upgrades
• Economic impact of the project

Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. The event is kid friendly, and children are welcome to join. There will a staffed room with art supplies. The meeting will be held on the second floor of the La Crosse Center.

February 26 at 5:30pm

The event will take place at the La Crosse Center Ballroom. Enter through the south entrance and go to the 2nd floor.

City Council Approves Concept Design

City Council Approves
Concept Design

January 10, 2019

Following a 12-1 vote, La Crosse City Council approved a concept design that expands the La Crosse Center to the west in the direction of Riverside Park, without extending into the park.

Now that the concept design is approved, architects will begin the schematic design phase. During that time, architects will discuss more specific goals and project requirements. While they continue to evaluate what the design will entail, they’ll consider a variety of areas and how it will affect the $42 million budget, including; the demolition and rebuilding of the North Hall, along with the addition of meeting rooms, an atrium, an outdoor balcony, and lobby with concessions and restrooms connecting to the South Hall and the expansion.

Style & Aesthetic Choices Public Meeting

Style & Aesthetic Choices
Public Meeting

December 20, 2018

At the public meeting on December 20, 2018, participants had the ability to weigh in on style and aesthetic preferences. Follow the link to the survey below, to let us know your preferences.

Which Image Do you Prefer Best?

Active Programming


Art + Sculptural



Common Areas

Exterior Facade


Meeting Rooms

Paving Patterns + Materials

Plant Intervention Opportunities

Plazas + Pedestrian Space



Water Features