UW-Marshfield/Wood County kicked off an $8 million fund-raising campaign this week for a new Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) building.

CEO/dean Patricia Stuhr said the new facility is a priority since it would be home to the course work that’s in the greatest demand. “In our consideration, 68 percent of our students have their majors in the STEM areas,” Stuhr said.

UW-Marshfield/Wood County hopes to raise about $6 million in private donations and one million each from the City of Marshfield and Wood County, the campus co-owners.

The current building, the Aldo Leopold Science Building, was one of the original buildings on campus, constructed in 1964. The public portion of the campaign will kick off in spring, 2015. The target date for groundbreaking on the new facility is 2016.