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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

     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
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     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.
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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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