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1 Falcon Center for Health, Education and Wellness University of Wisconsin-River Falls Environmental Impact Statement Scoping Meeting DFD Project #11A1E March 14, 2013

2 Falcon Center for Health, Education and Wellness University of Wisconsin – River Falls Scoping Meeting Meeting Agenda Introduction WEPA Process Project Description and Schedule Scoping Comment Period Closing Comments

3 Falcon Center for Health, Education and Wellness University of Wisconsin – River Falls Scoping Meeting Introduction Welcome/Introductions Project team members in attendance Attendance sheet, written comment sheet Public Notices in The Student Voice and in River Falls Journal on February 28. and/or hard copy letters distributed February 15. Meeting will be recorded and minutes developed

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6 Falcon Center for Health, Education and Wellness University of Wisconsin – River Falls Scoping Meeting Meeting Agenda Introduction WEPA Process Project Description and Schedule Scoping Comment Period Closing Comments

7 Falcon Center for Health, Education and Wellness University of Wisconsin – River Falls Scoping Meeting Wisconsin Environmental Policy Act (WEPA) Process WEPA – 1971 and UW BOR Resolution 1981 Purpose – Evaluate environmental impacts of project Type I – Environmental Impact Statement Identifies and presents publically impacts, solicits public comments and prevents uninformed decisions Requires 3 public meetings, public available reports and a Record of Decision

8 Major Steps in EIS Process Scoping Letter – February 15, 2013 Scoping Meeting – March 14, 2013 Release Draft EIS Report – July 1, 2013 (Begins 45-day Comment Period) Release Draft EIS Report – July 1, 2013 (Begins 45-day Comment Period) Draft EIS Public Meeting – August 14, 2013 (End 45-day Comment Period) Draft EIS Public Meeting – August 14, 2013 (End 45-day Comment Period) Release Final EIS Report – September 5, 2013 (Begins 30-day Comment Period) Release Final EIS Report – September 5, 2013 (Begins 30-day Comment Period) Final EIS Hearing – October 4, 2013 (Ends 30-day Comment Period) Final EIS Hearing – October 4, 2013 (Ends 30-day Comment Period) Record of Decision – October 10, 2013 (Ends 30-day Comment Period) Record of Decision – October 10, 2013 (Ends 30-day Comment Period)

9 Falcon Center for Health, Education and Wellness University of Wisconsin – River Falls Scoping Meeting Wisconsin Environmental Policy Act (WEPA) Process Draft and Final EIS hard-copies will be made available at: River Falls Public Library (Union Street) Chalmer Davee Library Reference Download from Cornerstones website:

10 Falcon Center for Health, Education and Wellness University of Wisconsin – River Falls Scoping Meeting Meeting Agenda Introduction WEPA Process Project Description and Schedule Scoping Comment Period Closing Comments

11 Falcon Center for Health, Education and Wellness University of Wisconsin – River Falls Scoping Meeting General Project Description Remodel 14,700 GSF in Hunt Arena and Knowles Center 111,164 ASF/162,300 GSF of new building space as an integrated and unified addition to Hunt Arena and Knowles Physical Education and Recreation Center. Provide plant to serve centralized heating / ventilation needs and cooling load for new space. Utilizing natural gas boilers and ground source heat pump system.

12 Falcon Center for Health, Education and Wellness University of Wisconsin – River Falls Scoping Meeting General Project Description Secondary access road linking to Cemetery Rd via S. 6 th Street (upon completion of separate city project) One artificial athletic multi-purpose field (if budget allows) Phased relocation of existing fields to allow for turf re-establishment

13 Falcon Center for Health, Education and Wellness University of Wisconsin – River Falls Scoping Meeting General Project Description Demolition of the Karges Center (67,200 GSF) and the Nelson Building (20,500 GSF) Additional parking (total of 720 surface spaces) Remove and relocate utilities as needed LEED Silver certification, or higher

14 Falcon Center for Health, Education and Wellness University of Wisconsin – River Falls Scoping Meeting Estimated Project Budget Total Budget$63,512,000 General Fund Supported Borrowing$50,491,000 Program Revenue Supported Borrowing$10,264,000 Gift / Grant Funds$2,056,000

15 Falcon Center for Health, Education and Wellness University of Wisconsin – River Falls Scoping Meeting Anticipated Schedule BOR / SBC Authority to ConstructOctober 2013 Start ConstructionSeptember 2014 Substantial CompletionOctober 2016 Full OccupancyJanuary 2017 Karges / Nelson DemolitionSummer / Fall 2017

16 Falcon Center for Health, Education and Wellness University of Wisconsin – River Falls Scoping Meeting Project Design Presented by Raivo Balciunas of Ayres Associates

17 Existing Site Plan

18 Proposed Concept- First Floor

19 Proposed Concept - Mezzanine

20 Proposed Concept - View from Southwest

21 Proposed Concept - View from Southwest with Alternate Roof

22 Proposed Concept - View from Southeast

23 Proposed Concept – Project Site Plan

24 Falcon Center for Health, Education and Wellness University of Wisconsin – River Falls Scoping Meeting Meeting Agenda Introduction WEPA Process Project Description and Schedule Scoping Comment Period Closing Comments

25 Falcon Center for Health, Education and Wellness University of Wisconsin – River Falls Scoping Meeting Scoping Comment Period Purpose to solicit input from public to identify issues or concerns from the project Comments will be distributed to design team for consideration in the design process May research and give further attention to identified issues in EIS documents Comments, research and design team considerations incorporated into EIS document

26 Falcon Center for Health, Education and Wellness University of Wisconsin – River Falls Scoping Meeting Impacts to be Evaluated Physical Impacts (soil, water) Parking Displacement Utility Impacts (energy consumption) Visual Impacts Economic Impacts (short and long term) Social Impacts Historical and Archaeological

27 Falcon Center for Health, Education and Wellness University of Wisconsin – River Falls Scoping Meeting Scoping Comment Period Scoping period (15 days) complete tonight Oral and written comments received during scoping process incorporated into Draft EIS Will accept comments for Draft EIS through May 17, 2013 Oral comments recorded Open for Comments

28 Falcon Center for Health, Education and Wellness University of Wisconsin – River Falls Scoping Meeting Meeting Agenda Introduction WEPA Process Project Description and Schedule Scoping Comment Period Closing Comments

29 Falcon Center for Health, Education and Wellness University of Wisconsin – River Falls Scoping Meeting Comments received tonight will be considered for evaluation in Draft EIS Anticipated Draft EIS release date: July 1, 2013 Anticipated Draft EIS Public Meeting date: August 14, 2013 Additional Information: Ben Peotter Cornerstone Environmental Group 8413 Excelsior Drive, Suite 160 Madison, WI Project Website:


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