New Concordia academic building OK’d

By Gary Achterberg - News Graphic Staff

Jan. 23, 2018

The planned CUW Business School building will include classrooms, lecture halls and offices.
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MEQUON — Plans for a new academic building on the Concordia University Wisconsin campus received quick and enthusiastic approval Jan. 15 from the Mequon Planning Commission.

The proposed 40,716-square-foot building will house the university’s business school, which long has sought a dedicated building on the campus along Lake Michigan. The planned three-story building will include classrooms, lecture halls and offices for business programs as well as the schools of education; hospitality and event management; and health professions.

The Planning Commission gave unanimous approval to the building and site plan for the project after a brief presentation and little discussion.

Jac Zader, Mequon’s assistant director of Community Development, said the architecture is similar to other recently built buildings on campus, including the nearby School of Pharmacy. This building will be built on the south portion of the campus on land now used as practice soccer fields. The building will connect to Luther Hall, CUW’s main administrative building.

Mayer Helminiak Architects said in documents sent to the Planning Commission that it anticipated the building will be ready for full occupancy in January 2019.

A brief discussion occurred related to parking. The plans do not call for any additional parking.

“There is an ample supply of parking for the next five years,” Zader said, adding that many of the students and staff who will use the new building are transitioning there from other locations on campus. He added that there is an adjacent area that could be developed into a lot with 70 spots in the future.

Zader said the building will bring the campus closer to the permitted floor area ratio of 30 percent. He said only one or two additional buildings could be built on the portion of the campus north of Highland Road before that threshold is reached.

The university owns another parcel that is just south of the existing campus. To date, only tennis courts have been built on that site. A long-range plan developed several years ago resulted in concern from neighbors.

The approved building is a scaled-back version of an original building of approximately 85,000 square feet. The university received approval for that project in October 2016, but never proceeded with its plans. The building was reduced in size to bring the cost of the project down, according to a memo Zader wrote to the Planning Commission.

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