CUW submits plans for new building
Business, health professions among included departments

By Gary Achterberg - News Graphic Staff

Jan. 11, 2018

A proposed three-story building on the Concordia University Wisconsin campus will provide a home for the School of Business and other departments.
Submitted drawing

MEQUON — Concordia University Wisconsin will take its first formal step with the city of Mequon Monday toward a new building for its School of Business and other departments.

Details of the proposed 40,716-square-foot, three-story academic building are included in the university’s application for building and site plan approval. It was included with the Mequon Planning Commission agenda that the city released Wednesday afternoon.

In addition to long-proposed space for CUW’s expanding business program, the building will include classrooms, lecture halls and offices for the schools of education; hospitality and event management; and health professions, according to a memo prepared by Jac Zader, Mequon’s assistant director of community development.

Concordia received approval in October 2016 for a four-story building that was approximately 85,000 square feet. The building was reduced in size to bring the cost of the project down, according to the memo.

The building is proposed for the south portion of the campus where practice soccer fields now are located. The building will have a connection to Luther Hall, which is the main administrative building at the center of the campus.

Attachments to the packet from Mayer Helminiak Architects anticipate full occupancy of the building by January 2019.

The proposed building and existing parking complies with all the city’s technical requirements, according to the memo, which added that the campus is approaching its permitted floor area ratio of 30 percent.

“Including the proposed building, the calculated FAR is 27.3 percent,” Zader wrote. “This would allow for only (an) additional one or two buildings on campus before the limit is reached.”

Assistant City Engineer Bridget Henk said it is not anticipated that the building will generate any additional vehicle traffic “and will serve the students of the existing enrollment on the site.” The site plan does not include additional parking spaces.

The staff has recommended approval of the university’s building and site plan application.

The Planning Commission meeting begins at 7 p.m. Monday at Mequon City Hall, 11333 N. Cedarburg Road.