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Ayres Associates to Study
Needs of Davies Center
MAILED: Oct. 30, 2001
EAU CLAIRE — Ayres Associates has been selected to conduct a planning study to assess the current and future needs of the Davies Center at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
The Wisconsin Department of Administration, Division of Facilities Development, selected the Eau Claire-based architectural/engineering firm to conduct the study, which will refine and expand a Davies Center project concept that was developed by a committee of students, faculty and staff during the 1999-2000 academic year, said Andrew Soll, vice chancellor for business and student services.
The project is intended to address a number of facilities issues, including the need for more meeting rooms and lounges, student organization space, and food service consolidation in Davies Center, the student union on UW-Eau Claire's lower campus, Soll said.
UW-Eau Claire students, through a referendum in the spring of 2000, voted overwhelmingly in support of the project, which is projected to cost $8.5 million. Student fees and revenue generated by operations within the center will fund the project, Soll said.
The planning study to be done this year will assess in greater detail the current and future facilities needs associated with the mission of Davies Center, Soll said. The condition of the building's infrastructure, such as plumbing, heating, ventilation and electrical systems, also will be examined to assure that any necessary updating is included in the project, he said.
A committee of students and other members of the campus community will work with Ayres Associates throughout the study effort, Soll said, noting that input will be sought from many campus constituencies to be sure that all ideas are considered.
The outcome of the study will be a detailed program statement that will guide the design of the project, Soll said.
Ayres Associates, based in Eau Claire, has a staff of more than 400 in offices in four Wisconsin cities and in five other states. The firm is currently listed 210th among the top 500 architectural/engineering firms in the nation by Engineering News-Record, a professional journal covering business and technical news for the construction industry. The architectural group within Ayres Associates provides programs/needs studies for a wide range of clients throughout Wisconsin.
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Updated: Oct. 30, 2001