Lakeshore Nature Preserve Outreach Center – Advanced Plan

This Project is an Advanced Planning Study with the overall goal of determining the scope, budget, and schedule of a new building at the Lakeshore Nature Preserve.  Fundraising will be based on this outcome.

Specific outcomes of this Advanced Planning Study:

  • Verify spaces needed in the building.
  • Study building location options and recommend a preferred site.
  • Suggest how the building relates to the adjacent use.
  • Determine level of achievable sustainability. Review the potential for the building to be off-grid and carbon-neutral.
  • Determine what certification model will be used to guide the building development: Living building Challenge or Petals, LEED, etc.
  • Propose appropriate architecture for this building.

The building is envisioned to house the Preserve staff offices and maintenance shop, multi-purpose space for support of the teaching, research and outreach mission of the University, restrooms and space for interpretive displays.

The University, Preserve and design team have additional aspirations for the building:

  • Respect the full cultural history of this place.
  • Inspire interest in sustainable buildings.
  • Learning opportunities for students, facilities staff, and community.
  • Provide hands on experience and understanding of natural areas and their management.
  • Nurture a positive connection between people and the earth.

Outreach Center Phase I Project Timeline:

Timeline showing Project Kickoff in July/August and Final Design Report Review in March
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Public Information Meetings:

To develop a building and site that best serves the University, Lakeshore Nature Preserve and community, stakeholder input collected during the Strategic Plan and the Preserve Master Plan Update will be reviewed and considered with public engagement specific to this process.

Currently two public sessions are planned to be in-person and will include the opportunity for sharing comments to the email campus.planning@fpm.wisc.edu.

Cleansing and Blessing Ceremony November 1, 2022 | 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Lot 130

  • Ceremony location at entrance to Picnic Point – look for the tent
  • Site accessible by Route 80 bus, Howard Temin Lakeshore Path, or vehicle – parking at Lot 130

PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING #1, November 1, 2022 | 7:00 pm

at Union South (see TITU screens for room):

Project Introduction – vision, goals and discussion of building location options – pros/cons

PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING #2, Late January-Early February | 7:00 pm

at Union South (see TITU screens for room): 

Prior input, pattern language, energy and sustainable strategies, preferred site option, cultural considerations

  • Meeting recording link will be added after meeting.

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Preserve Mission & Vision

Mission

The Lakeshore Nature Preserve shelters natural environments and cultural resources through active learning, research, and outreach in a place of respite and well-being.

Vision

To foster biodiversity on campus and cultivate lifelong environmental engagement.

Budget

The building construction budget will be determined during the advanced planning phase of the project.  Fundraising will be sought for the construction budget.

Timeline

Site Visit & Stakeholder Meetings 09/2022
Ho-Chunk Ceremonies On-site 11/2022
Public Information Meeting #1 11/2022
Site/Pattern/Sustainability Review 11/2022
Public Information Meeting #2 12/2022
Draft Design Report 01/2023
Design Report Update 02/2023
Final Design Report 03/2023

Project Team

Occupants Lakeshore Nature Preserve
User Reps Laura Wyatt
UW PM Rhonda James
UW System Peter Davis, P.E.
Engagement A/E The Kubala Washatko Architects
Design A/E The Kubala Washatko Architects

Design Engineers

Lowe Consulting

Middleton Consulting & Contracting

Thunderbird Engineering

Background Materials

Have a thought or question about the Lakeshore Nature Preserve for the project team?

Send email to campus.planning@fpm.wisc.edu.