Madison Municipal Building exterior

Renovation of the landmark Madison Municipal Building, built in 1929, is estimated to cost around $30 million and will need to be vacated for about 18 to 24 months. 

AMBER ARNOLD — State Journal archives

Before Tuesday’s City Council meeting, city staff and architects from MSR Design of Minneapolis will update Council members on the status of the Madison Municipal Building design development and schedule.

The $30 million renovation project of the landmark building built in 1929 would aim to provide a long-term fix for many significant problems associated with its electrical, heating and cooling systems and would need to be vacated for about 18 to 24 months.

Seven different departments or divisions and about 180 employees are located in the 79,000 square foot Municipal Building on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, compared to the City-County building across the street which houses 14 city departments or divisions and more than 500 employees.

In February, the city agreed to move all city agencies to two separate downtown locations and is leasing the three and a half upper floors of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum at 30 W. Mifflin St. and all three floors and a basement of 126 S. Hamilton St.

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Funds for the temporary lease locations, which are $33,656 per month at the museum and $23,067 per month on Hamilton Street, will be split between the operating and capital budget.

The lease terms for each location are for one year with three additional renewal options of two months each to allow time for delays.

Beginning in 2014 and 2015 with funding for programming and preliminary design, staff are expected to return to the building in late 2018 and early 2019. Design is expected to continue through 2016 with construction in early 2017 and 2018.

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