New Science Facility Coming to UW-Baraboo/Sauk County


A new UW-BSC science building moves a step toward becoming a reality with the awarding of a contract to perform planning and design services.
The Campus Commission unanimously selected Bray Architects at a meeting on July 10. Firms visited the campus in June, and twelve submitted plans. Three were selected for in-person presentations.
According to Kathryn Schauf, Sauk County Administrative Coordinator, all who presented displayed an understanding of the values that are important to the city, county and university. "Bray’s plan in particular was bold, innovative and forward- thinking, and they displayed a level of enthusiasm and vision that demonstrates that the engagement will be synergistic and generative," she said.  
Bray Architects was founded in 1962 and currently has three Wisconsin offices. They specialize in public buildings and have over 50 years of experience planning and designing educational environments, many within the UW System.
The firm will manage all aspects of the building process, from design through construction. Over the course of the next several months Bray will meet with community members, students, faculty and other stakeholders to develop their designs. The Commission will select a final plan in early spring 2014, and construction will begin in early summer. The new science building will open for the Fall 2015 semester.
The new science building is part of the UW-BSC campus master plan. Says UW-BSC CEO and Dean Thomas Pleger, "We are very pleased to be working with our county and city partners to improve University of Wisconsin educational experiences in the sciences. New facilities will improve the overall student experience, enhance faculty and staff scholarship and research, and allow UW-BSC to better serve the community."
Old out-of-date science classrooms will also be remodeled to become general-purpose classrooms.
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