Ayres Associates


Availability of Draft Environmental Impact Assessment: Notice of Public Meeting
Northwest Quadrant Building A Demolition
DFDM Project # 17B10-02
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

A public meeting to present the Draft Environmental Impact Assessment (DEIA) for the proposed University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee (UW-Milwaukee) Northwest Quadrant (NWQ) Building A Demolition project will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 7th, 2019, in Lubar Hall N140, located at 3202 North Maryland Avenue, Milwaukee, WI. A description of the project and potential environmental impacts will be presented, and all persons will be afforded a reasonable opportunity to identify both orally and in writing any support, issues, or concerns they believe should be addressed during the EIA process for this proposed project. 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). The State of Wisconsin Department of Administration, Division of Facilities Development and Management (DFDM) has retained Ayres Associates on behalf of the University of Wisconsin System to prepare this EIA.

This demolition project is one in a series of projects to renovate the NWQ, formerly known as the St. Mary’s Hospital – Columbia campus. The NWQ renovation project includes Buildings B, C & D, and will address critical life safety and building code upgrades to change the occupancy from institutional to business. Renovated space will serve as instruction, office, and support space for academic and administrative departments.

This notice is for the demolition of NWQ Building A. Building A was built from 1919 – 1965 and is the oldest building of the four initially intended for renovation. It is a 219,000 gross square feet (GSF) five-story masonry building with a lower level and a concrete superstructure. Building A was not cost feasible to renovate for code and functional requirements and was studied extensively prior to reaching the decision of demolition. Following consultations with architectural and engineering experts over the last 12 months, Wisconsin’s DFDM has determined that the current project will not support repairs needed to occupy Building A of NWQ. The total project cost, including demolition and restoration of the project site with green space, is estimated at $6,000,000 and will be funded using General Fund Supported Borrowing and Cash. Demolition costs comprise approximately $3,100,000 of the total project budget.

The purpose of the Draft EIA is to identify the potential impacts of the Building A Demolition project on the physical, biological, social, and economic environments. The Draft EIA describing these potential impacts is being made available to the public and to appropriate federal, state, and local agencies for a 15-day minimum review period, which begins December 18th, 2019, and concludes January 7th, 2020. Copies of the document will be available for review at the UW-Milwaukee Golda Meir Library and Milwaukee Central Library, or by clicking the link below.

If you are interested in this project or have any information relevant to it, we welcome your comments, suggestions, or other input. For consideration in the Final EIA, please submit your comments at the meeting or in writing by January 7th, 2020. Comments in writing can be sent to:

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

Click Here to View:
Scoping Letter (272 Kb, PDF)
Comment Form (82 Kb, Word file)
Draft EIA Report (13.5 Mb, PDF)