In a key step forward in the redevelopment of the Alliant Energy Center (AEC), Dane County officials have selected international consultant Perkins & Will to prepare the campus master plan—the next step in the long-term planning for the AEC.
The AEC campus is the region’s premier, multi-venue expo, convention and event destination, providing a place for major events that attract visitors from across the country and around the world. The project is part of a broad effort to transform the property into a catalyst for economic development by attracting more visitors, creating a destination district, and providing new opportunities for the adjacent neighborhoods in south Madison.
A MULTI-YEAR, PHASED EFFORT
Development on the campus will take place in multi-year phases—each phase overseen by the AEC Comprehensive Master Plan Oversight Committee which includes representatives of Dane County, the city of Madison, the tourism industry and local business leaders.
PHASE 1 / IMPACT ANALYSIS
In early 2017, the Committee led completion of a detailed market and economic impact analysis prepared by Hunden Strategic Partners that identified market areas for additional growth and recommended several potential campus improvements, which will be used to guide the more detailed campus master plan.
PHASE 2 / VISIONING PROCESS
In the fall of 2017, the Committee adopted a long-range vision and implementation framework. Led by Madison-based Vandewalle & Associates in their continuing role providing overall project management services to the Committee, the visioning process found strong community and business support for improvements to the AEC and put a major focus on improving connections between the AEC, surrounding businesses, Lake Monona and the downtown. The effort included input sessions with potential redevelopment site owners, local businesses, city and county officials and neighborhood residents. Feedback was also obtained via POLCO online polling, at Brat Fest, and at other public events.
Perkins & Will is the award-winning, international firm selected to prepare the comprehensive master plan for the 164-acre campus and all its facilities including the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Exposition Hall, New Holland Pavilions and Willow Island. The planning process will include opportunities for stakeholder and public input and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
PHASE 4 / LONG-TERM IMPLEMENTATION
Over the coming months, the Committee will be working to identify those improvements to be undertaken in the short term along with potential funding strategies. The master plan will include a long-range, multi-year phasing schedule.
About this website
This website contains documents and information that have been developed over the past ten years regarding the planning and future options for the Alliant Energy Center. Building from these past efforts, the County Board created the Comprehensive Master Plan Oversight Committee in 2016 to prepare a formal long-term plan for improvements to the campus grounds and facilities for implementation over the next 15-20 years.