The UW-Baraboo/Sauk County Campus Commission has released a Request For Proposals and Qualifications (RFPQ) to identify potential private vendors to design, build, and operate an approximately 80-bed student residence hall on the UW-Baraboo/Sauk County campus.
In a plan approved by the Sauk County Board of Supervisors, the Baraboo Common Council, and the Campus Commission, the new residence hall would be a public-private partnership, built and operated by a private developer on land leased from the University. The residence hall would be completed by the fall of 2014.
"We are pleased that the City of Baraboo and Sauk County are supportive of exploring a private-public partnership to bring housing to UW-BSC,” said Campus Dean Tom Pleger. “We believe this process will lead to a cost-effective and attractive solution to our need for housing on campus.”
The public-private model is one that many universities are now using because it can offer the best experience at the lowest cost to students.
“Using a well-established private vendor has many advantages,” said David Armstrong, UW-BSC Assistant Dean for Administrative Services. “It eliminates our risk in financing and operating the building. It also maximizes safety and security, enhances programming, and keeps costs as affordable as possible for students.”
Campus Commission Chair Phil Wedekind said the project will benefit the community as well, allowing the city, county, and state to share the campus with even more students.
“We are extremely fortunate to have a two-year university campus here in Baraboo,” said Wedekind. “UW-Baraboo/Sauk County contributes millions of dollars to our economy each year, and a residence hall will only enhance that.”
The RFPQ process will be open to private vendors who meet the minimum requirements, including:
• Previous experience in building and operating student housing
• A proven record of safety, security, and successful programming
• Ability to provide sustainable components and accommodations for a minimum of 80 residents
• A completion date between Fall ’13 – ‘14
The full RFPQ is posted at www.baraboo.uwc.edu. Proposals will be accepted through September 21, 2012.
“We have worked hard on this over many months, but it’s important to note that we are only soliciting proposals at this point,” said Armstrong. “Once the proposals have been received, we’ll be carrying out an extensive vetting and selection process that will include members of the city, county, and campus.”
For more information, please contact David Armstrong, Assistant Dean for Administrative Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (608)355-5200.
The University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County is a member of the UW Colleges, the University of Wisconsin System’s network of 13 freshman/sophomore liberal arts campuses that offer an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree and prepare students of all ages and backgrounds for baccalaureate and professional programs. UW-BSC also offers a number of collaborative baccalaureate and graduate programs for adult students who wish to complete their degrees in Baraboo.