Thursday, April 16, 2020

UPDATE: April construction site visit at new UW-Madison SERF facility

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3/8/2020 update starts here

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1/16/2020 update starts here.

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11/8/2019 update starts here

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10/8/2019 update starts here

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7/3/2019 update starts here

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6/2/2019 update starts here.

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4/21/2019 update starts here.

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1/1/2019 update starts here.
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7/11/2018 update starts here.

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6/24/2018 update starts here

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4/12/2018 update, "Construction begins on new UW-Madison SERF facility", starts here.

What started out as a bright, sunshiny day in Middleton turned overcast by the time I reached the Madison Isthmus.

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SERF demolition:  Out with the old, in with the news.  (University of Wisconsin News, 1/10/2018))

3/17/2018 update, UW-Madison SERF reduced to rubble, "starts here.


Original 1/5/2018 post, "UW-Madison campus master plan:  SERF meets the wrecking ball"; starts here.

Winter is here and the demolition continues.

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UW-Madison looks to replace SERF with new, bigger campus gym.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 1/5/2017)
Add to that a leaky roof, problems with accessibility and plumbing and other systems in need of repair, and UW officials and students have concluded that the most popular student gym on campus — built less than 35 years ago — must be replaced. If all goes according to the plans of the UW-Madison Division of Recreational Sports, the facility at 715 W. Dayton St. will be closed for good late in the summer of 2017 and torn down in the fall.

Shall we assume that everything is not going to plan?

UW's plans for rebuilt SERF aim to give students a better workout space.  (Capital Times, 1/13/2017)
Campus officials hope to give the students what they want in a $93 million project to raze and rebuild the SERF on its current site at 715 W. Dayton St. The plan calls for quadrupling the fitness space to 35,000 square feet, doubling the number of basketball courts to eight and quintupling the number of studios for fitness classes to five. The new building also will have a swimming pool that meets requirements for tournament competition.

Closing date set for UW-Madison's SERF, new fields open.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 6/19/2017)
With the facility closed, the Division of Recreational Sports will open temporary fitness space in nearby Ogg Hall, and move some of the SERF’s equipment to the Natatorium, on the west side of campus, as well as to the Camp Randall Sports Center, better known as the Shell.

Rec Sports renovation plans will make SERF look less like ‘a dungeon’.  (Badger Herald, 9/27/2016)
The changes are part of UW’s Master Plan, which involves the demolition of the SERF and the remodeling of the Nat, as well as updates to other facilities around campus. The renovations to the exercise facilities will primarily be funded through student segregated fees.

Rendering of new "SERF' found at University of Wisconsin-Madison

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

As college education is in this neoliberal time what divides us between the haves and have-nots, really, does having a new fabulous workout space help ordinary people in Wisconsin? Is really the success of ordinary folks dependant on college students' success?

I went to UW circa 1980 to '82, their team sports were terrible then, the basketball arena next to Camp Randall leaked, but the school was run based on an idea to benefit the student, not the state politicos and school administrators.

UW can forego it's pricey new commitment into new sports facilities, and rather spend the money on teachers, class facilities and expanded classroom opportunities that help students belong in Wisconsin's employment climate.