The next building planned
for the Concordia University Wisconsin campus in Mequon is
shown here facing west, with Interstate 43 in the
Long-talked-about plans for a new School of Business building on the
Concordia University Wisconsin campus took a major first step toward
Planning Commission unanimously approved the just-submitted site
plan for the proposed four-story building that will be located just
inside the Highland Road entrance to the campus. The land now is
used as a practice soccer field.
85,311-square-foot building will house the schools of Business,
Education, Hospitality and Event Management and Health Professions.
It will include classrooms, lecture halls and faculty offices,
according to a city staff memo to the Planning Commission.
public steps for the building coincide with a recent announcement
from CUW that it plans to rename its School of Business for Theodore
W. Batterman, retired president and CEO of Spacesaver Corp. He
previously served on CUW’s Board of Regents and is currently a
member of its foundation’s board of directors.
grateful for business leaders like Ted Batterman, who stepped up
early in our campaign and pledged their support for the new building
that will house our School of Business,” CUW President Patrick J.
Ferry said. “His contribution will truly enable us to empower the
next generation of Christ-centered, ethical business leaders.”
No date has
been set for the groundbreaking, said Kali Thiel, director of
university communications for CUW.
will have a theme of Wisconsin Entrepreneurs, according
to a CUW announcement. All
major Wisconsin companies will be profiled, telling the stories of
the founders and their values, as a way to celebrate past Wisconsin
entrepreneurs and inspire the next generation of ethical business
leaders, according to a CUW announcement.
added the building is “the important first phase in a larger
university academic expansion” that will be rolled out in the coming
will be connected to Luther Hall, which houses the university’s
administration. The front of the new building will face east. It
“includes an abundance of glass that will provide the occupants
extraordinary views of Lake Michigan,” according to the city memo.
The project will
include the addition of 65 parking spaces, bringing the total on
campus to 2,275. The university recently constructed a large parking
ramp on the west edge of the campus, which has significantly aided
the ability to find a parking spot on campus. “Based on the
predicted growth rate of the student population, the existing
(parking) supply will be sufficient for at least five years,” the
Jac Zader, the
city’s assistant director of Community Development, said many of the
functions that will be part of the new building are being moved from
other locations on the campus. He said he does not believe the
building will have a significant impact on the parking situation on
campus or on traffic using nearby roads.
resident opposed the project. He said the university “has a history
of making promises that are not kept.” He said residents were
assured that the bluff-improvement project would not affect their
properties; he said that has not been the case. He added CUW’s
promises about controlling lighting and sound coming from the Kapco
Park baseball stadium also were not kept. In addition, he said an
agreed-to sign restricting turns from campus toward Lake Shore Drive
has been down for some time and has not been replaced.
“The city is
being given one line after another after another,” said Martin
Huennekens, who lives just south of the university on North Lake
Much of the
Planning Commission’s discussion centered on some design elements of
the building and a covering for air conditioning and other
mechanical features on the roof. The architect for the project said
he would work with city staff to make acceptable modifications.
Zader also said
he would make sure that the no-turn sign at the exit to the campus
is replaced before a building permit is issued.