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The University of Wisconsin System 2011-13 Biennium MAJOR PROJECT REQUEST 1. Project: Upham Woods Shower Facility Replacement Institution: UW–Extension Estimated Cost: $971,000 Gift Funds 2. Project Description and Scope: This project will construct a new shower facility for the Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center located near Wisconsin Dells. A new one story structure of approximately 3,500 GSF will replace the existing 1,182 GSF facility to serve up approximately 150 programs participants who will stay overnight at the cabins. The new facility will include showers and larger men’s and women’s restrooms. The building will be fully accessible and provide additional space for a laundry area. The proposed location is west of the existing building. This new space will allow for future repurposing of the existing facility which will be used as program space for area campers. 3. Background: The Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center is located near the upper dells of the Wisconsin River about two miles north of the city of Wisconsin Dells. The Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center serves as a model and demonstration area for youth and leadership development using the natural environment for learning. The center consists of 318 acres of forested land and buildings to support educational activities and includes Blackhawk Island, which is located on the Wisconsin River. Blackhawk Island is designated as a state natural area. Of the 318 acres, approximately 200 acres are on Blackhawk Island and 118 acres are along the mainland shore of the old Wisconsin River channel. Blackhawk Island and 110 acres of shore land were donated by two sisters, Elizabeth and Caroline Upham, to the University of Wisconsin in 1941. The Upham sisters hoped to fulfill their parents' desire to protect and preserve Blackhawk Island in its natural state so it would be enjoyed by others who shared an interest in nature. Since 1941, the center’s programs were developed to introduce 4-H clubs and school groups to the unique geology and forest communities of the area. Nature study was a main component of the experience. Today, that emphasis continues with even a greater focus on the design of activities that encourage youth leaders to address local and global environmental issues with the goal of developing responsible stewards of the natural world and its inhabitants. Today, the Upham Woods Center is a residential environmental education center. It is operated by the UW-Extension Cooperative Extension Division in partnership with the 4-H Youth Development Program. The physical facilities consist of a main administrative EXT - Upham Woods Shower Facility Replacement - Page 2 building, a lodge for meeting and dining, a dormitory, a nature center, a boathouse, a craft center, a duplex residence, a maintenance/service shop, six rustic cabins, a shower to serve the cabins, and other natural and recreational areas. There are ten septic or effluent holding tanks on site with six septic fields. With the exception of the nature center and the dormitory, which were built in the 1970s, most of the buildings were constructed in the early 1950s. There has been no significant renovation to any of the buildings during the last 40 years. Throughout its history, the Upham Woods Center has continued to make improvements to respond to the changing demands and needs of its programs. During 2009, Upham Woods and the Department of State Facilities retained an architect/engineering consultant to conduct a facility assessment and master plan for the facilities. Preliminary results of the facility assessment and the master plan indicated that the existing shower cannot be successfully renovated and warrants a replacement building in a nearby location. This same facility has been identified by the Upham Woods administration as a high priority because of the needs of 150 overnight guests of the cabins. The current shower facility is not capable of serving the participants who stay overnight which often results in long lines. 4. Analysis of Need: The existing centrally located shower facility, which was built in 1961, contains several sinks, toilets, and group showers that serve participants who stay overnight in the six stand alone rustic cabins. The cabins and the shower facility are not accessible. In addition, it is not large enough to accommodate the number of program participants using the cabins. There have been a number of attempts to provide for single stall showers but they reduced the number of available showers and increased the waiting times for shower use. The center undertook a facility master plan in 2009. This process identified the shower facility as the priority space that needed improvement. Various renovation options were studied and it was concluded that a new facility would be the most economical solution. 5. Alternatives: To do nothing would leave the program participants staying at the Upham Woods cabins with several unresolved problems including group showers, long waiting times, safety issues, and ADA access. 6. Schedule: Program Approval December 2012 A/E selection April 2012 Project Bidding January 2013 Begin Construction March 2013 Substantial Completion September 2013 Final Completion October 2013 7. Project Delivery: At the present time it is anticipated that the standard state project delivery process will be used. EXT - Upham Woods Shower Facility Replacement - Page 3 8. Estimated Costs: a. Project Budget Summary: Budget Item % Cost Total Construction $770,000 A/E Design 8.0% 62,000 Other Fees 26,000 DSF Management 4.0% 34,000 Project Contingency 10.0% 77,000 Percent for the Arts 2,000 Estimated Total Cost $971,000 b. Impact on Operating Budget: Impact on Operating Budget: Maintenance costs should decrease and utility consumption should be less with the new mechanical systems. The debt service will be repaid from general operations of the camp. 9. Previous Action: None.
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