Letters & Science New Academic Building
Levy Hall
University of Wisconsin – Madison
DFD Project #20K1G

The proposed project creates Levy Hall, a 136,000-gross-square foot, five-story building for the UW-Madison College of Letters & Science. Levy Hall will include 13 classrooms ranging from 25 to 400 seats, along with offices and support areas for 8 departments, programs, and centers, collectively called Units. Additional areas include a variety of academic support spaces, informal gathering spaces, a café, a bike commuter room, a rooftop mechanical penthouse, and a lower level loading dock. The building will be organized around a central grand stair and a series of two-story voids stepping up through the building to a fourth-floor exterior two-story high outdoor terrace. The lower floors will consist primarily of general assignment classrooms ranging in size from a large auditorium-style lecture hall to small seminar rooms. The new instructional spaces will be expanded compared to the obsolete original spaces to accommodate the current space planning standards for square feet per student station, flexible furnishings, active learning studios, and instructional technology. The upper floors will consist primarily of departmental and individual faculty and staff offices. Informal learning space on each level will create natural links between Unit and instructional spaces where students and faculty can meet and interact. Ethnic studies programs will be co-located and built around dedicated cultural student spaces. A residence hall (Susan B. Davis Hall) and cooperative housing building (Zoe Bayliss Co-Op) will be demolished, and the lost residential room capacity has been resolved within other UW Housing facilities. Additional residences at 935 West Johnson Street, 923 Clymer Place, 911 Clymer Place, and 209 Bernard Court will also be demolished. A future parking structure is planned to be located immediately south of this site to accommodate any lost parking capacity and address campus parking deficits. The project budget is $115,441,000, funded using $60,363,000 from General Fund Supported Borrowing and $55,078,000 from gift-grant funding. Construction is anticipated to begin in November 2023 with occupancy in May 2026.

A 30-day comment period on the Final EIS is open from April 24 to May 24. If you are interested in this project or have any information relevant to it, we welcome your comments, suggestions, or other input. Comments in writing can be sent to:

Mitchell Banach, PG
Ayres Associates
3433 Oakwood Hills Parkway
Eau Claire, WI 54701

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Final EIS Report (101,963 Kb, PDF)
Draft EIS Report (101,999 Kb, PDF)
Scoping Letter (8,184 Kb, PDF)
Comment Form (99 Kb, PDF)