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Availability of Draft Environmental Impact Assessment Addendum
Lathrop Drive/Bascom Hill Utility Improvements - Phase 1
DFD Project # 17J2L
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Bascom Hill Area: Science Hall

An addendum to Final Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA): Lathrop Drive/Bascom Hill Utility Improvements – Phase I, published June 2019, was 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). University of Wisconsin – Madison (UW-Madison) Facilities Planning and Management has retained Ayres Associates on behalf of the University of Wisconsin System Administration (UWSA) to prepare this EIA addendum.

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.

The proposed utility improvement project will improve the reliability of the steam, chilled water, civil and electrical distribution systems in this area by replacing and adding the necessary infrastructure to complete the utility transmission in the Bascom Hill area. An additional scope of work that was not previously addressed in the June 2019 Final EIA document will be incorporated into Phase I of the project and is addressed in the EIA addendum. The additional scope includes construction of a new cast-in-place steam tunnel south of Science Hall, extending east toward North Park Street and terminating between Science Hall and the North Park Street right-of-way. Phase I of the Lathrop Drive/Bascom Hill Utility Improvement Project is divided into three phases: bid packets (BP) 1 through 3. The additional scope of work to be assessed in this addendum is included in BP3.

The purpose of the Draft EIA addendum is to identify potential impacts of the project on the physical, biological, social, and economic environments surrounding Science Hall. The Draft EIA addendum describing these potential impacts is being made available to the public and to appropriate federal, State, and local agencies for a 15-day review period starting October 11, 2019. Copies of the document will be available for review at the UW-Madison's Helen C. White Library and Madison Public (Central Branch) Library.

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 in writing no later than 6:00 p.m., October 26, 2019. Comments can be sent to:

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

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Legal Notice (112 Kb, PDF)
Comment Form (23 Kb, Word file)
Final EIA Report-Phase 1 Bascom (43 Mb, PDF )