Madison College's new south campus project gets fast-tracked thanks to grant

MADISON, Wis. - The construction of Madison College’s new south campus has been fast-tracked thanks to a grant that will fund phase two of the project.

Officials from Madison College and Great Lakes High Education Corporation announced Monday that the project will be completed in three phases.

Great Lakes is committing $3 million to construct the second phase of the project, and announced a $3.5 million matching grant to complete the final phase, officials said.

With the matching grant, Great Lakes is looking to engage the community in completing the project, according to a release. If Madison College successfully raises $3.5 million by March 31, Great Lakes will match that amount dollar for dollar to ensure the campus will be completed in its entirety in 2019.

Originally, the south campus project was supposed to happen in two phases and be completed in fall 2019, according to a release. Phase one would be funded by a $10 million donation from the Irwin A. and Robert D. Goodman Foundation, and $1.5 million from the American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation. 

Phase one will have 38,000 usable square feet and will have learning spaces and student services. 

On Monday, the project was reintroduced in three phases, which includes the purchase of the current Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds, at the intersection of Badger Road and Park Street, officials said.

Phase two will increase the usable space to up to 45,000 square feet and include community meeting spaces, additional classrooms and support services, officials said. Phase three will expand the complex to up to 75,000 square feet and will include a comprehensive suite of student services, community access to social service and community-based organizations, and additional classrooms and community meeting spaces.

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