DFD #07E4J

Union South

With the support of student segregated fees, the Wisconsin Union has demolished three buildings including the existing Union South located at West Johnson Street and North Randall Avenue and is constructing a new South Campus Union to meet the evolving needs of today’s students. New meeting spaces, a large auditorium-style theater, recreational facilities, and food service venues will be primary components of the new facility. Parking and guest rooms will be constructed using alternate funding sources.

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Total $94,800,000
Construction $76,500,000
A/E & Other Fees $5,737,500
FF&E $5,289,500
Contingency $3,825,000
DFD Fee $3,213,000
% for Art $235,000
PRSB – Seg. Fees $83,800,000
PRSB – Other $7,500,000
Gifts $3,500,000


A/E Selection 12/2007
Planning N/A
Programming 01/2008 – 05/2008
10% Concept Report 05/2008 – 08/2008
35% Design Report 09/2008 – 12/2008
Construction Documents 01/2009 – 08/2009
Bid Date 12/2008 – 09/2009
Construction 04/2009 – 03/2011
Substantial Completion 03/2011
Occupancy 04/2011

Key Stakeholders

Occupants Wisconsin Union
User Reps Mark Guthier
UW PM Julie Grove
DFD PM Sam Calvin
A/E Worksop Arhictect w/
Moody Nolan
Design Arch. N/A
Landscape Arch. Olin, GRAEF-USA Inc.
Structural Engr. N/A
General Contractor C.G. Schmidt, Inc.
Plumbing Hooper Corp.
Mechanical North American Mechanical
Fire Protection U.S. Fire Protection
Electrical Nickles Electric

Area Data

GSF 276,664
ASF 125,070
Efficiency 45.21%
Construction $/GSF $276.51
Total Project $/GSF $342.65

The Wisconsin Union demolished the existing Union South and constructed the new South Campus Union to meet the evolving needs of today’s students. Primary components of this new facility include new meeting space, recreational facilities and food service venues. Parking and guest rooms were included in this project as well.

There are 7,853 square feet of vegetated green roofs on the building that help reduce the heat island effect along with capturing excess storm water. Water used in the feature shown to the left is capturing rainwater from the roof to be stored in an underground cistern until used.

Drought resistant landscaping above, was used in the project to decrease irrigation and maintenance. Fescue, a grass that requires no watering and only needs to be mowed twice a year, was used for the lawn.

Union South performs 36% better than a similar “baseline” building. This was accomplished through a variety of design strategies including vertical sun louvers, daylighting and occupancy sensors.

85% of the new wood content is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood – which means the wood comes from a forest being managed in an environmentally responsible manner.

Materials such as low-VOC adhesives, sealants, paints and coatings were selected to reduce the quantity of indoor air pollutants.

Pre-consumer and post -consumer waste is collected and composted, producing an estimated 1 ton of waste per week.