UW-Madison #0679-2002

Library Mall Redevelopment Study

This project seeks to provide advanced planning for the redevelopment of Library Mall, the public open space between Memorial Library and the Wisconsin Historical Society, on the UW-Madison campus.

Project Goals:

  • Provide a welcoming and inclusive vision for the redevelopment of Library Mall.
  • Engage a broad cross section of the community in an equity-based approach.
  • Integrate the public civic space into the overall East Campus Mall/State Street context.
  • Prioritize sustainability to meet campus goals and resiliency planning efforts.
  • Create a flexible vision allowing a variety of programming opportunities.
  • Support and foster awareness of the Association of American Colleges & Universities Principles of Excellence as adopted by UW-Madison through the physical development.

The project intent is to follow the recommendations of the 2015 Campus Master Plan-Landscape Master Plan which indicates a large and open public gathering space with new paving, landscape plantings, seating, lighting, stormwater management, and passive recreation lawn areas. The study will define project goals based on stakeholder input, provide conceptual alternatives, prepare cost estimates and an anticipated schedule for completion while providing an illustrative vision of the preferred alternative for fund raising purposes.

Workshop #1 – Virtual
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 6:30-8:00pm

Workshop #2
May 2021

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Total Project Costs $105,700
Funding Source:
Gift/Grant $105,700



A/E Selection 10/2020
Stakeholder Engagement 03/2021
Programming 05/2021
Conceptual Design 06/2021
Review with Stakeholders 07/2021
Final Report 09/2021


Project Team Stakeholders

Occupants Campus Community
User Reps Gary Brown
UW PM Aaron Williams
UW System Maura Donnelly
Engagement A/E EQT by Design
Design A/E OLIN
Civil Engineer OTIE
MEP Engineer IMEG
Cost Estimator Middleton Construction


Engagement Stakeholders

City of Madison District 8 Alder City of Madison Engineering
City of Madison Homeless Services Downtown Coordinating Committee
Food Carts & Vendors Odyssey Project
Porchlight Pres House
Skateboard Community St. Paul University Catholic Center
University Club UW Asian-Pacific Islander Desi American
UW Associated Students of Madison UW Chazen Museum
UW Department of Planning & Landscape Architecture UW FP&M Historic & Cultural Resources
UW Grounds UW Latinx Cultural Center
UW Memorial Library UW Morgridge Center for Public Service
UW Multicultural Student Center UW Police Department
UW Science Second Nature Resilience Commitment UW Pyle Center
UW South Madison Partnership UW Student Inclusion Coalition
UW International Student Services UW Black Student Services
UW Wunk Sheek Wisconsin Alumni Association
Wisconsin Historical Society Wisconsin Union

Background Materials

Have a thought or question about Library Mall for the Project Team?

Email it to: campus.planning@fpm.wisc.edu