Ayres Associates


Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
University of Wisconsin – Madison
School of Veterinary Medicine Addition and Renovation
2015 Linden Drive, Parking Lot 62 (between Observatory Drive and Linden Drive), and 5801 Mineral Point Road (Charmany Site)
University of Wisconsin – Madison
DFDM Project #18H2H

The Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) – Division of Facilities Development and Management (DFDM) has retained Ayres Associates on behalf of the University of Wisconsin – Madison (UW-Madison) Facilities Planning and Management and University of Wisconsin System Administration (UWSA) to prepare an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the proposed addition to and renovation of the School of Veterinary Medicine Building (SVM) at UW-Madison. The locations of the project include 2015 Linden Drive, Parking Lot 62 (between Observatory Drive and Linden Drive), and 5801 Mineral Point Road (SVM Charmany site) in Dane County, Madison, Wisconsin. The EIA will be prepared in accordance with the Wisconsin Environmental Policy Act (WEPA), Wisconsin Statutes 1.11, and UWSA guidelines (Board of Regents’ Resolution 2508, November 6, 1981). An initial requirement of the EIA is the scoping process. The intent of the scoping process is to identify at an early stage potential beneficial or adverse impacts of the project on the physical, biological, social, and economic environments. Because you or your agency or group may have an interest in the project, we are inviting you to participate in the scoping process.

Project Background

The SVM was first built in 1983 with an addition of 8,100 gross square feet (GSF) in 2009 to house a tomography unit and associated clinical space. The School also occupies the SVM-Hanson Biosciences Building (43,500 GSF, constructed in 1962) and has a large animal instructional facility located on Mineral Point Road (the Charmany site). More SVM faculty research programs are scattered around campus in a variety of buildings, including the Biotron Laboratory and the Waisman Center. These facilities collectively house a veterinary medical teaching hospital, University of Wisconsin Veterinary Care, and instructional and research space. A broad education in veterinary medicine is provided in these facilities with learning experiences in food animal medicine and other specialty areas including human vaccinations for rare viruses such as Ebola and Zika, and other newly emerging diseases. The School has four academic departments which train approximately 96 students annually in a four-year program leading to a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree. Additionally, the school provides graduate research training in core areas of animal and human health through its Comparative Biomedical Sciences Graduate Degree Program. The program has earned a reputation as one of the country’s leading schools for veterinary medicine.

The clinic has a growing program that requires meeting the needs of the additional client base. Currently, the clinic has 28,000 patient visits per year and is estimated to grow to 35,000 patients per year, yet the current SVM building at 2015 Linden Drive was constructed to only see 12,000 patients per year. The facility has inadequate space for patient waiting and separation of species, and little privacy for admissions and discharge, and the need for a new building goes far beyond this. Additional space is needed for modern equipment, teaching spaces for students in the clinic, and additional lab and office space to accommodate the program growth. As such, this project proposes the construction of a new three-story building on the Lot 62 site between Observatory Drive and Linden Drive, just north of the School. The project will also renovate portions of the animal hospital and raze three buildings at the SVM Charmany site.

A feasibility study to determine the appropriate and adequate SVM facilities expansion for the next 30 years was completed in 2015. The study also assessed the existing facilities to determine the highest and best use for clinical and research space in the context of the proposed expansion. Results and recommendations from the feasibility study form the basis for this project.

Proposed Project Action

Project work includes the construction of a new four-level building with a mechanical penthouse at the Linden Drive location. The new facility will provide space for the small animal clinic and connect it to the existing clinic; construct new research, animal biosafety level 3, and biosafety level 2 and 3 laboratories; and include new office rooms, conference rooms, and shared collaboration/interaction spaces.

The clinical space will be improved and expanded to increase access to the small and large animal isolation suites that are required to meet accreditation standards, increase the quantity of specialized surgery environments and equipment, provide imaging space for horses and cattle, and separate patient access to medical oncology services. Additional space will be dedicated to student work center diagnostics, treatment planning, medical records updates, client communications, and classrooms. This project will also renovate portions of the existing animal hospital and raze three buildings (Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Farm House, Storage Building I) at the SVM Charmany site.

Pedestrian and bike traffic will require various detours and rerouting at various times throughout the project. The project will impact automotive traffic at Linden Drive and Observatory Drive.

This project was enumerated in the 2019-21 UW System and State of Wisconsin capital budget with an authorized budget of $128,103,000, related to the construction of a new building, razing three buildings, and renovation of the existing building. Total budget costs are estimated to be $128,103,000. Funding sources include $38,000,000 in gifts and the remainder from General Fund Supported Borrowing (GFSB).

Below is a summary of the targeted project schedule:

Project Schedule

A/E Selection August 2019
Design Report January 2020
SBC Approval April 2020
Bid Date April 2021
Substantial Completion (Construction) April 2023
Substantial Completion (Renovation) July 2024

A project location map and an aerial photo of the project site are provided as Attachments 1 and 2, respectively.

EIA Schedule

The EIA report will evaluate the potential positive and adverse impacts of the project in accordance with the WEPA and UWSA guidelines. Issues identified during the scoping process will be addressed in the Draft EIA report. As part of our standard EIA process, Ayres Associates will perform research using available databases and resources to collect information pertaining to environmental, social, economic, cultural, or historical aspects of the project. The Draft EIA report will be made available to the public for a 15-day comment period anticipated to start in late-February 2020. A notice will be published in state and local media to announce the availability of the Draft EIA. Following the completion of the public comment period, a public information meeting will be conducted, and any comments received will be evaluated.

Appropriate revisions will be incorporated into a Final EIA document based on comments received during the 15-day comment period and public information meeting.

If you are interested in this project, we welcome any comments, suggestions, or other input you feel are important. Please submit your comments related to this project in writing by January 10, 2020, for consideration in the Draft EIA report. Send your comments to:

Ben Peotter, PE
Ayres Associates
5201 E. Terrace Drive, Suite 200
Madison, WI 53718

If no comments are received from you or your group, we will assume that there are no project issues that negatively impact you, or that you would like to comment on.

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Scoping Letter (2.5 Mb, PDF)
Comment Form (15 Kb, Word file)