Draft Environmental Impact Assessment Public Meeting
Witte and Sellery Halls Renovation
University of Wisconsin – Madison
DFD Project #14E2O

A public meeting to present the Draft Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the proposed UW-Madison Witte and Sellery Hall Renovation project is scheduled for April 28, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. in the Sonata Room within the Gordon Dining and Event Center located at 770 W. Dayton Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53715 on the UW-Madison campus. Parking is available in nearby Lake & Johnson Ramp (Lot #46), located across West Johnson Street from Gordon Dining and Event Center. A description of the project 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 as part of the EIA process for this proposed project. The EIA has been prepared in accordance with the Wisconsin Environmental Policy Act (WEPA), Wisconsin Statutes 1.11, and University of Wisconsin System Administration (UWSA) guidelines. The project manager is the state Department of Administration's Division of Facilities Development (DFD). Ayres Associates has been retained to prepare the EIA on behalf of UW‐Madison.

This project proposes renovations and suggests additions to Witte and Sellery residence halls, located at 615 and 821 West Johnson Street, respectively. In both buildings, a new connecting link will connect the towers. The link will consolidate four new, faster elevators at a central location and will provide new floor lounges and provide space for new/expanded resident floor bathrooms. Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems will be replaced/upgraded, adding individual heat controls in rooms and air conditioning throughout the halls. Windows will be replaced and the seams between the exterior pre-cast panels will be resealed. Resident rooms will be painted and doors/locks will be replaced. Resident floor hallways will be upgraded with modern finishes and lighting. Interior stairwells will receive selective upgrades, including painting, flooring, and lighting as required. There will be select finish upgrades and remodeling conducted on the first floor and basement. A new resident floor will be added to the top of each building to maintain bed counts. Outside areas around the halls will be landscaped to provide passive and active recreation, pedestrian/vehicular circulation, and dock area screening.

Future construction in Sellery Hall, currently scheduled for 2022-2024, also includes the construction of a main entrance onto the East Campus Mall and the creation of a live-in staff apartment.

This project was enumerated in the 2013-15 UW System and State of Wisconsin capital budget with an estimated total cost of $46,950,897, related to the Witte Hall planning and construction only. This cost will be supplemented in part by Housing Program Revenue cash and part Housing Program Revenue Supported Borrowing (Witte Hall Only). At this time, only the Witte Hall project is moving forward for design and construction approval. This EIA, however, will cover upgrades in both facilities.

The purpose of the Draft EIA is to define the project and identify potential impacts of the project on the physical, biological, social, and economic environments. The Draft EIA is being made available to the public and to appropriate federal, state and local agencies for a 15‐day review period, which begins on April 13, 2016, and concludes on April 28, 2016. Copies of the document will be available on April 13, 2016 for review at the UW‐Madison Helen C. White Library and the City of Madison Central Public Library, or on the following project website:

Comments and inquiries raised during the Draft EIA comment period will be used to develop the Final EIA. If you are interested in this project or have any information relevant to it, we welcome your comments, suggestions, or other input. Please attend the public meeting to present oral comments or submit your written comments no later than April 28, 2016 to:

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

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