Friday, August 9, 2013

Wisconsin Department of Administration Proposes New Archives Preservation Facility

State seeking to build major archive preservation facility on the Near East Side. (Wisconsin State Journal, 8/7/2013)

The project as proposed by the Department of Administration
  • Demolish its aging Central Services Facility at 202 S. Thornton Ave. (the original construction dates to 1896)
  • Build four-story, 188,733-square-foot facility on the 
  • 5.1-acre site is located next to the Yahara river, city bike paths and railroad tracks.
  • Cost:  $46.7 million
  • Collections to be housed
    • Wisconsin Historical Society
    • Wisconsin Veterans Museum
  • Tentative timeline
    • Demolish in fall 2013
    • Begin construction May 2014
    • Complete project August 2016

Status of current archives
  • Spaces are too small 
  • Lack of necessary infrastructure and support services
  • Leaky pipes 
  • Lack of appropriate temperature and humidity controls and 
  • Insufficient security
In 2011, DOA announced plans to build a archives preservation facility on Troy Drive on Madison's northeast side -- near Warner Park -- but neighbors didn't want it there.

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