serf interior

A rendering of a fitness room in the proposed new Southeast Recreation Facility.

University of Wisconsin-Madison will ask UW System Regents to approve $9 million more in spending to demolish and rebuild the Southeast Recreational Facility on Dayton Street, bringing the cost to $96.5 million.

The Board of Regents will consider the matter at its meeting on Thursday and Friday in Platteville.

John Horn, campus director of recreational sports, attributed the projected cost overage to changes in the market price of steel, especially for long-span trusses in the pool area of the new building.

Borrowed funds left over from renovation at Memorial Union will be tapped, and the athletic department will pick up some of the additional cost, Horn said. There will be no new increases to student fees.

UW-Madison students voted in a 2014 referendum to approve a hike in fees to pay for a $223 million project to renovate and reconstruct recreational sports facilities, including the SERF, the Natatorium and outdoor playing fields.

Plans for the SERF, first up in the rec sports facilities master plan, would quadruple the fitness space to 35,000 square feet, double the number of basketball courts to eight and quintuple the number of studios for fitness classes to five.

The new building also will have a swimming pool that meets requirements for intercollegiate competition, prompting athletics to share in the cost of improvements.

Plans are to close the SERF this coming summer and demolish it in the fall for construction slated for completion in fall 2019, according to Horn.

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