Imagination Center at Reindahl Park
November 9, 2023 Update
A public information meeting was held on Monday, Nov. 6th, 2023. A recording and presentation slides can be found on the following links.
Nov. 6, 2023 ICRP Public Information Meeting Recording
Nov. 6, 2023 ICRP Public Information Meeting Presentation Slides
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Madison Public Library is planning a new library and community facility at Reindahl Park. The proposed “Imagination Center at Reindahl Park” will not be an ordinary library. It will be a transformational space designed and directed by the northeast Madison community. The Imagination Center at Reindahl Park will be a place for the community to gather and learn. It will be a safe place for social interaction, civic engagement, and cultural expression. The center will focus on holistic health and expanding economic opportunities for library visitors. Please visit the Imagination Center at Reindahl Park Scoping Study and Imagination Center at Reindahl Park for additional information.
Sept. 12, 2022 update: As part of the design process for the Reindahl Imagination Center, a geothermal test bore and thermal conductivity test will be completed between Sept 20-28, 2022. This is one of the first steps required when designing a geothermal system for larger commercial buildings and provides the design team accurate information about ground conditions. The accurate ground information from both the bore and the conductivity test allow the design team to size the geothermal system. The bore will be ~6 inches in diameter and up to 225 feet deep. It will stay in the upper aquifer (the nearby Unit Well 15 draws water from the lower aquifer). A HDPE U-bend pipe will be inserted into the bore and the space around the pipe will be filled with grout that seals the bore space completely. Testing equipment, running from a generator, will then be connected to the ends of the pipe at the surface for up to 72 hours. This bore will be re-used when the full system is installed as part of the future construction project, which will be permitted by the WI Dept of Natural Resources (WDNR) with input from the Madison Water Utility.
Jan. 09, 2023 update: The Imagination Center is midway through the Schematic Design phase with an expected phase completion in March 2023. Stakeholders are finalizing decisions on the overall floor plan layout and also determining the Imagination Center’s building massing, materiality, building operations, and interior design intent. Upon completion of Schematic Design, the project will enter the Design Development phase, where the design intent is further refined in preparation for the Construction Documentation phase. See the Project Schedule below for more information on milestone Design, Bid, & Construction dates.
City User Agency: Madison Public Library
Design and Planning: April 2021 - June 2024
1st Advertisement of Bid: TBD
Bid Due date, TBD
Construction Start date: TBD
Expected Completion: TBD
LEED Goals: LEED Silver Minimum
There are a number of points of contact during this project where the public is encouraged to give feedback as part of public information meetings and public hearings. Dates, times and locations are indicated below:
Public Information Meetings
March 29, 2023 Northeast Area Plan Open House
October 27, 2022 Summary of Comments Received at Public Meeting #3
October 27, 2022 Reindahl Park Public Meeting #3 Presentation Slides
City Process Meetings
October 18, 2023 File #79954
Urban Design Commission Informational Presentation
April 19, 2022 File #70661
Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute an amendment to the existing Purchase of Services contract (Architect) between the City of Madison and Joseph Lee & Associates, LLC to provide professional architectural and engineering design services and construction administrative services for the Imagination Center at Reindahl Park project located at 1818 Portage Road
March 03, 2021 File #63945
Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to enter into a competitively selected, two-step contract for Purchase of Services (Architect) with Joseph Lee & Associates, LLC to provide professional architectural and engineering design services and construction administration services for the design and construction of the Reindahl Imagination Center/Library
In the News
October 24, 2024 City of Madison News Update
Imagination Center at Reindahl Park Moves Forward, Meeting Set
July 31, 2023 Wisconsin State Journal
Snags delay $16.1 million Imagination Center on Far East Side for 2 years
March 27, 2023 Mayor's Office - Blog
Open House for Upcoming Plans in Northeast Area
July 30, 2022 Wisconsin State Journal
Madison to update master plan for sprawling Reindahl Park as big project there looms
January 26, 2022 Wisconsin State Journal
Madison unveils $16.1 million "Imagination Center" with library, pavilion at Reindahl Park
Nov. 19, 2019: City of Madison News
Soil Drilling, Testing to Begin in Reindahl Park
Oct. 17, 2019: The Cap Times
Ald. Samba Baldeh: Reindahl Park library would bring services to those with greatest needs
Oct. 08, 2019 Channel 15.com
Snakes and slides: How locals are imagining the Reindahl "Imagination Center"
Jun. 17, 2019: The Cap Times
Reindahl Imagination Center would be more than 'a library in a park'
Soil borings were taken the first week of December 2019 to test the soil for its consistency, strength and durability for the future Reindahl Park Imagination Center:
After the borings are completed, the holes are filled: