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Volume 101, Number 2 (February 1997)

Schultz, Jennifer; Truscott, Michelle
Parking problems driving you crazy?: vision 2000 paves way for new parking ramp,   pp. 18-19

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Parking Problems Driving You
Vision 2000 Paves Way for
New Parking Ramp
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Vision 2000, which started ten
years ago, is the College of
Engineering's (COE) plan to expand
and update facilities for students and
faculty in order to improve the qual-
ity of education. According to Dean
Bollinger, "[Vision 2000] is a campaign
to establish the College of Engineer-
ing as a leader in engineering educa-
tion, techonolgy and research for the
twenty-first century."
Vision 2000 includes plans for a new
builiding, remodeling many existing
facilities, and funding for scholarships.
As result of this modernization, the
state will build a parking ramp where
Lot 17 currently stands, due to the lose
of parking areas that construction will
Lot 17 wil soon be replaced with a pE
ramp which is part of Vision 2000.
create. In order to implement Vision
2000, $100 million must be raised to
cover construction costs. The goal of
the COE is to have this money by the
year 2000.
Currently, the engineering campus has
a space deficit of 160, 000 square feet.
To make up for the space deficit, COE
rents office space all over the UW cam-
pus. In addition, many faculty offices
are combined with labs in an attempt
to use what space the COE does have
to its fullest extent. Because of this
space deficit, a big problem on the en-
gineering campus is the lack of work-
shop space and storage for student
The most publicized part
of Vision 2000 is the Engi-
neering Centers Building
(ECB), which is being
planned to alleivate some
of the space needs of the
College of Engineering.
Dean Bollinger feels the
ECB is "...a crucial step for
acheiving learning," as it
will house a student lead-
ership center, workshop
areas for student projects,
the technical communica-
tions certificate (TCC)
program and several fo-
cused research centers.
Vision 2000 is already un-
derway. The renovation
of the Material Science
and Engineering build-
ing, costing six million
dollars, half of which
comes, from the state, is
irking        the first stage. Another
proposed project is to build covered
walkways to connect the buildings on
the engineering campus. "This will be
an important step to building rapport
between faculty and students, " said
Dean Bollinger. The Dean went on to
explain that the walkways would en-
courage faculty and students to take
advantage of all of the buildings on
campus not just the one which houses
their departments.
One final aspect of Vision 2000 deals
with what is perhaps one of the big-
gest problems on the engineering cam-
pus: lack of parking. This problem
affects not only the COE, but the en-
tire university. The Madison campus
has the worst parking ratio in the Big
Ten. There are 195 spaces for every
one thousand people.
To improve the parking situation on
the southwest corner of campus, Lot
17 will be replaced by a parking ramp
which will give approximately 300
more spaces. Lot 17 is the surface
parking lot between Engineering Hall
and Camp Randall Stadium. The
ramp is being constructed to make up
for the lost parking created by Vision
2000's plans to build on surface lot 14
(between General Engineering and the
temporary buildings on Breese Ter-
race, will be replaced by the new En-
gineering Centers Building).
All parking on campus is controlled
by the University Department of
Transporation. The ramp itself is be-
ing entirely paid for by the state. It
will cost $16 million, but in time, rev-
enue from the ramp is expected to pay
for the cost of construction and main-
tenance. This amount is not included

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