Ayres Associates

Final Environmental Impact Assessment Report and Conclusion of WEPA Process
Proposed Klotsche Center Annex Addition
DFDM Project # 19H1B
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee


This concludes the process for this project under the Wisconsin Environmental Policy Act (WEPA), Wisconsin Statutes 1.11, and UWSA guidelines (Board of Regents’ Resolution 2508, November 6, 1981). The State of Wisconsin Department of Administration, Division of Facilities Development and Management (DFDM) retained Ayres Associates on behalf of the University of Wisconsin System (UWSA) to prepare this EIA. The Final EIA Report is available at the bottom of this website.

The Klotsche Center is the primary place for indoor recreation at UWM and also serves as a practice and game space for UWM intercollegiate athletic teams. A 2018 feasibility study assessed recreation space compared to the National Intramural-Recreation Sports Association, NIRSA, Space Planning Guidelines and found the facility undersized with a deficit of 106,700 ASF.

The project proposes to construct an approximately 18,000 square foot annex to the Klotsche/Pavilion Center, located at 3409 N. Downer Ave, Milwaukee, WI. The new addition will be constructed on the existing Parking Lot #15, located just east of the Klotsche Center. The site is adjacent to the Downer Woods Park and Woodland area. The adjacent Park and Woodland area consists of turf lawn with several trees. State statute allows for limited modifications to this area, and a small portion of this area will be temporarily modified for construction access. It will be fully restored after construction to not alter the present character of the land. The building has been designed so no part of it will encroach upon the lands, including below-grade foundations. This project will maximize the site and address the highest priority needs with space that is versatile: 9,450 SF gym/court space that includes one court and two cross courts, 1,450 SF strength and conditioning space, and 7,100 SF for auxiliary spaces such as a film room, hall of history, fueling station, athlete lounges, mechanical room, and other support services for the UWM Panthers Men’s and Women’s basketball teams on site.

This project’s budget is estimated at $8,100,000 with $7,000,000 funded from student segregated fees and the remaining from gifts. Construction is estimated to commence in June of 2021 with substantial completion by July 2022.

The purpose of the EIA is to identify the potential impacts of the Klotsche Center Annex Addition project on the physical, biological, social, and economic environments. The Draft EIA describing these potential impacts was being made available to the public and to appropriate federal, state, and local agencies for a 15-day minimum review period, which began December 29th, 2020, and concluded January 13th, 2021. Copies of the document were available for review at the UW-Milwaukee Golda Meir Library and Milwaukee Central Library, or on the following project website: http://ayresprojectinfo.com/Klotsche%20Center%20Annex%20Addition/default.html

The findings of the Final EIA and associated public meeting are included in the Final EIA report below, which concluded that impacts are not significant and therefore does not need to be elevated to an Environmental Impact Statement. This concludes the WEPA process for this project.

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Final Environmental Impact Assessment (23,355 Kb, PDF)

Draft Environmental Impact Assessment (18,390 Kb, PDF)

Scoping Letter and Response Form (149 Kb, PDF)

Legal Notice (22 Kb, Word File)

Comment Form (23 Kb, Word File)