Masterplan: UW-Madison University Houses

Madison, WI
Envisioning a Family-Friendly Neighborhood for UW

At a Glance

  • SUMMARY: Evaluation of university housing neighborhood
  • SIZE: 1,247 units in three neighborhoods
  • COMPLETION: 2011
  • OWNER: State of Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Project Overview

University Housing operates a 1,247 unit apartment complex comprised of three neighborhoods for graduate students, faculty, staff, and post-doctoral residents. In 2007, Continuum studied 31 buildings totalling 150 units to determine the future of these homes.Weighing the pros and cons of making repairs or tearing them down by evaluating the real estate market, current codes, and building costs. The eight-month study involved: visioning sessions, existing building and site conditions surveys, conceptual site and floor plans, budget and phasing options, and a market-rate assessment. In the end, three different site options and three different housing type configurations with cost estimates were generated for the University’s evaluation.

Continuum got back involved in the project in 2011 to identify the items that are in disrepair and in need of immediate renovation. Then we provided cost estimates and prioritized the items based on the predetermined budget. Priorities included family-friendly and accessible laundry facilities, ADA upgrades to one-, two- and three-bedroom units, and boiler, heating, and electrical system upgrades with replacement of distribution pipes. This report helped the University identify the scope of work needed within an established construction cost.

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