BETA PHOTO: One of the many sections for buildering on the UW-...
The best buildering on the planet, let alone Wisconsin, is on the physical education building!!in Whitewater. Faces, overhangs, chimneys, bear-hugs, mantles and the coolest laybacks ever. It's been a long time since I was there and they may no longer allow it but check it out.
The Williams Center is not a bad spot for buildering. I won't say it's the best place in the world, or even in Wisconsin. I'm currently a student at UW-Whitewater, and I went to check the building out. The spots on the building that are climbable are not spectacular. It consists of sections of odd shaped rocks used for a masonry surface for the building. The section is only 9 or 10 feet tall at most, so you won't be going up very far, mostly just traversing. The holds are small and challenging, but doable. As far as traversing goes, you're going to be stuck doing it in about 20 to 30 foot sections at a time, due to 2 or 3 foot wide vertical concrete supports that would be pretty hard to work your way around. Every once in a while a door or window gets in the way of your progress as well. But if you're in Whitewater, and you're itching to climb a building, it's a fairly viable option.
You_re not seeing the forest because of the trees!! You found the obvious traverses on the rock faces but what about the overhang just above these?? Easier near the white pillars, much harder in the middle sections. Also check out the double brick protrusions on the building that houses the swimming pool--makes for a great 45 foot layback all the way to the roof with a nice grass landing. Look in the corners for the obvious chimneys and try the bear hug moves where the two white pillars form a v.
Yes, I'm sure you're right. As I said, I didn't really get a chance to explore it any further than just a walk around. I never got the chance to get out there after dark. I imagine if I were to get out there and try it out, I would see what you're talking about, but unfortunately, the end of the year, and thus my college career ended before I got the chance. But I think it is safe to say that you probably have experienced it firsthand, whereas I have not. So to anyone reading this, look at my pictures, consider my comments, but for a testament, listen to the Anonymous coward who responded to me.
I'm the original poster who claimed this to be the best buildering on the planet. Unfortunately, after visiting for the first time in ten years I have to say that it can no longer hold up to that claim because all the new construction around the building has eliminated 80% of the climbing. What is left is still very good but it's only a fraction of what was there before.