Community Meetings Regarding the Development of a Schematic Plan for Buildings at Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 9:13am

Second Public Stakeholder Meeting - Thursday, February 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Topic Pre-Design: Final Planning Concept Presentation

The public is invited to attend a series of community meetings to help inform the development of a schematic plan for Olbrich Botanical Gardens' public buildings. Olbrich is currently working with an architectural firm, HGA, to evaluate its building space needs. It's probable that final recommendations may include addition(s) and/or renovations of the current buildings to better accomplish Olbrich's mission and better serve its visitors.
Olbrich is asking for input from neighbors, visitors, members, users, and other stakeholders. A series of five public meetings will be held through May 20 to gather input and feedback.
Throughout the process, will feature up-to-date information, including meeting notes, so those who are unable to attend the meetings can stay informed. The website will also offer a way to provide input and comments.
The meeting topics will work in progression, with the ultimate goal of creating a schematic plan for Olbrich's buildings to help the facilities better meet the Gardens' mission of education and outreach, as well as foster the appreciation of natural beauty and sustainable gardening. This project includes the development of planning ideas and preparation of pre-design and schematic design documents. Pre-design will include a vision statement/guiding principles, service profile program, space program, staffing program, and space needs summary. Schematic design will include conceptual designs and conceptual estimates for a possible renovation and/or expansion of the buildings and surrounding site, such as bike access and garden development adjacent to the buildings.

All meetings will be held at Olbrich Botanical Gardens:

Public Stakeholder Meeting 1
Tuesday, January 15 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Topic Pre-Design: Evaluate & Refine Planning Concept
Video of meeting, presentation, and attendee comments available at

Public Stakeholder Meeting 2
Thursday, February 21 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Topic Pre-Design: Final Planning Concept Presentation

Public Stakeholder Meeting 3
Monday, March 25 |5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Topic Schematic Design: Initial Concepts
*Meeting will end by sunset in observance of Passover

Public Stakeholder Meeting 4
Monday, April 22 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Topic: Schematic Design: Evaluate & Refine Concept

Public Stakeholder Meeting 5
Monday, May 20 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Topic: Final Schematic Design Presentation

HGA, a Milwaukee-based architectural firm, is an "integrated architecture, engineering and planning firm that helps prepare its clients for the future." The firm has worked on notable projects including Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin, the Harley Davidson Museum, Como Park Visitor and Education Resource Center, and the Milwaukee County Zoo Karen Peck Katz Conservation Education Center.
For more information, call 608-246-4550. Olbrich Botanical Gardens is located in Madison, Wisconsin on the shore of Lake Monona at 3330 Atwood Avenue. Visit Olbrich's website at


  • Jeanne Hoffman266-4091
  • Laura Whitmore266-5949