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State Building Commission to consider three UW-Eau Claire-related projects

| Mike Rindo

The Aug. 10 State of Wisconsin Building Commission meeting agenda includes consideration of three projects that will directly benefit the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Confluence Arts Center funding

The Building Commission will consider release of $15 million in general-fund-supported borrowing to Eau Claire Confluence Arts Inc. for the construction of a performing arts center in accordance with provisions of 2015 Wisconsin Act 55.

The Confluence Arts Center, a public-private collaboration between UW-Eau Claire and the greater Eau Claire community, will include a 1,200-1,500-seat theater; a 400-seat flexible theater; visual arts studios and galleries; scene, storage, costume and prop shops; dressing rooms and back-of-the-house operations; a dance studio, music instruction classrooms and rehearsal rooms; space for UW-Eau Claire academic and performance purposes; and space for Visit Eau Claire (the local convention and tourism bureau), the Eau Claire Regional Arts Council and community arts organizations.

For more information, contact Jerry Jacobsen, president of Eau Claire Confluence Arts Inc., at or 715-723-4661.

Haymarket Landing lease

The Building Commission will consider a request to authorize the lease of approximately 154,372 square feet at Haymarket Landing, a student apartment complex, by the Blugold Real Estate Foundation Inc., a supporting organization of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, on behalf of UW-Eau Claire for a term of five years.

Haymarket Landing is the mixed-use building that is an integral part of the Confluence Project in downtown Eau Claire. It includes retail and commercial space on the first floor, a 119-apartment complex for students on five floors and underground parking. The building was developed by Haymarket Concepts LLC on behalf of the Blugold Real Estate Foundation Inc. Plans call for the Blugold Real Estate Foundation to provide all basic maintenance of the building and for UW-Eau Claire to provide student services such as resident assistants.

For more information, contact Kimera Way, executive director of the Blugold Real Estate Foundation Inc., at or 715-836-5180.

Garfield Avenue redevelopment

The Building Commission will consider a request to approve the design report for a Garfield Avenue corridor improvement project and grant authority to construct the project for an estimated total cost of $12,424,000.

The project will reconstruct Garfield Avenue where it runs through the UW-Eau Claire campus from the intersection of Park and Garfield avenues to the base of the bluff at the Putnam parking lot. The project includes subsurface utility improvements and surface improvements along Garfield and Roosevelt avenues. Utility improvements include new steam and condensate piping and box conduit, sanitary sewer, water main, storm sewer and lighting. In addition, surface improvements along Garfield Avenue will include replacing the vehicle roadway with a primarily pedestrian corridor that accommodates bicycles, service vehicles and emergency vehicles. Additionally, the existing ramp and stairs from the pedestrian bridge over the Chippewa River will be replaced with an ADA-accessible sidewalk.

For more information contact Mike Rindo, assistant chancellor for facilities and university relations, 715-836-4742.

Building Commission meeting details

All meetings regarding the three projects will take place on the second floor of the Expo Center at the Wisconsin State Fair Park, West Allis. Meetings are scheduled as follows:

  • The Administrative Affairs Subcommittee will meet at 10 a.m. to review and make recommendations on the Confluence Arts Center funding.
  • The Higher Education Subcommittee will meet at 11 a.m. to review and make recommendations on the Haymarket Landing lease and Garfield Avenue redevelopment project.
  • The full State Building Commission will meet at 1 p.m. to review and act upon the project-related requests and any matters referred by either subcommittee. 

Image cutline: Artist's rendering of the Confluence Community Arts Center.