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Final Environmental Impact Assessment Addendum and Conclusion of WEPA Process
Lathrop Drive/Bascom Hill Utility Improvements - Phase 2
DFDM Project # 19G2Q
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Lathrop Drive

This communication notifies interested parties of the completion of the Wisconsin Environmental Policy Act (WEPA) process for the above referenced project. This process provided an addendum to Final Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA): Lathrop Drive/Bascom Hill Utility Improvements – Phase I, published June 2019, and was prepared for the Phase 2 scope of work in accordance with the WEPA, Wisconsin Statutes 1.11, and UWSA guidelines (Board of Regents’ Resolution 2508, November 6, 1981). University of Wisconsin – Madison (UW-Madison) Facilities Planning and Management guidelines.

The process has been completed satisfactorily and was deemed not to require a Type I – Environmental Impact Statement.


The UW-Madison campus is currently served by a variety of thermal, electrical, and civil utilities and requires constant improvements to keep the systems maintained. Routine upkeep is no longer sufficient, and the university has identified the Lathrop Drive/Bascom Hill utility project as a critical campus improvement.

Phase 2 of the proposed utility improvement project will improve the reliability of the steam, chilled water, civil and electrical distribution systems by replacing and adding the necessary infrastructure to complete the utility transmission along Lathrop Drive in the Bascom Hill area.

Environmental Impact Assessment Reports

The Draft EIA addendum to identified potential impacts of the project on the physical, biological, social, and economic environments along Lathrop Drive and surrounding buildings. The Draft EIA addendum describing these potential impacts was made available to the public and to appropriate federal, State, and local agencies for a minimum 15-day review period starting September 18, 2020. Copies of the document were available for review at the UW-Madison’s Helen C. White Library and Madison Public (Central Branch) Library.

The Final EIA Document is available below beginning June 15, 2021. Any further questions on the process can be sent to the contact below, but this concludes the WEPA process for this project:

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

Click Here to View:
Phase 1 Legal Notice
Phase 2 Legal Notice (111 Kb, PDF)
Comment Form (23 Kb, Word file)
Final EIA Report-Phase 1 Bascom (43 Mb, PDF )
Phase 1 EIA Addendum (33 Mb, PDF )
Draft EIA Report – Phase 2 Lathrop Drive (15 Mb, PDF)
Final EIA Report – Phase 2 Lathrop Drive (15.7 Mb, PDF)