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$126M UW gym on Building Commission agenda Wednesday

A rendering of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's $126 million gymnasium project that's scheduled to go before the state Building Commission on Wednesday. If approved, the new gym would replace an outdated building on the UW-Madison campus. (Rendering courtesy of UW-Madison)

A rendering of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s $126 million gymnasium project that’s scheduled to go before the state Building Commission on Wednesday. If approved, the new gym would replace an outdated building on the UW-Madison campus. (Rendering courtesy of UW-Madison)

Plans for a $126 million gymnasium at the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus are on the agenda for a meeting of the Wisconsin State Building Commission on Wednesday.

The new gym is among various construction projects the building commission is scheduled to consider in its first meeting in three months. The same project separately won the approval of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents earlier this month.

UW-Madison officials are asking the building commission to advance plans to replace an outdated gymnasium on the campus with a new building containing an ice arena, indoor track and other features. The university is hoping to move forward with the new gymnasium quickly — planning to bid out a $5 million contract to knock down the existing gym in early June. The demolition work itself is expected to get underway in August and construction to begin in November. Donors to the project, who contributed $31.2 million, are expecting to see the work wrapped up by 2022.

Not everything involved in the job will be straightforward. Crews, in particular, must take care to avoid disturbing a Native American burial ground that sits on the north side of the building.

Kahler Slater is serving as the architect for the project and Graef is the building engineer. Oneida Total Integrated Enterprises is the structural engineer and Mead & Hunt and IMEG Corp. are the mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineers.

The gymnasium project is not the only proposal scheduled to go before the Building Commission on Wednesday. Other include:

  • A$6.4 million renovation of Milwaukee’s National Guard readiness center. The work called for comes as phase two in a three-part master plan to overhaul the center, which stands at 4108 N. Richards St. in the city. The three-story building was first built in 1927 and is now outdated. The project calls for remodeling classrooms and offices, replacing windows and adding an elevator and a south-side entrance.
  • Setting aside $3.6 million to cover bids for a project to repair a faulty HVAC system at a recently completed residence-hall remodeling job at UW-Eau Claire. The contractor Market & Johnson, of Eau Claire, submitted a low bid for the job in April, beating out four rivals.
  • $10.7 million in various remodeling projects at UW-System schools. These projects include elevator renovations at UW-Oshkosh and UW-Madison — both expected to cost $2.9 million — and a $1.9 million window-replacement project at UW-Superior.

About Nate Beck, nbeck@dailyreporter.com

Nate Beck is The Daily Reporter's construction staff writer. He can be reached at (414) 225-1814 (office) or 414-388-5635 (mobile).

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