Tribune Building Project Update | 2015 Issue 2
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Phase 2 Programming Document is Now Available

Completed February 4 and uploaded to, the Phase 2 Programming Document and Design Update is now available for viewing and sharing. This 12-page document summarizes work completed in Phase 2. Of particular interest are the design narrative and floor plan updates. These two sections help bring to life residents’ decisions for the building, articulating in greater detail how each programming space within the building will work well with the others. Download your copy today.

Thank You City of Wisconsin Rapids
On January 30, the City of Wisconsin Rapids applied for a $500,000 Community Development Investment grant from Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). This grant, if received, will help support community development efforts in the downtown development area known as Market Square, and specifically at the Tribune Building. Notification of this highly competitive grant opportunity is expected by the end of March.

Prior to submitting this WEDC grant application, on January 20, the City entered into a development agreement with Community Property, Inc., a supporting organization of Incourage, regarding the Market Square parking lot. Good news - the Project now has parking! We sincerely appreciate the City’s continued collaboration on projects and initiatives, like these, that are in the best interest of residents.

Call for Artists Attracts More Than 100!
Our recent call for artists to supply qualifications (RFQ) for consideration of permanent art installations within the Tribune Building resulted in 111 submissions by the January 26 submission deadline. The Project received applications from California to New York, 39 from Wisconsin, and even one from Europe. Of the 39 (35%) Wisconsin applicants, 13 (12% of all submissions) were from the south Wood County area.

Last week, our selection committee completed review of these applications and identified 18 artists who will advance to the next phase of this process. Of the 18 artists advancing, ten (55%) are from Wisconsin. A total of seven artists (39%) currently reside in or have a direct connection to south Wood County. Additionally, many of the advancing artists identified opportunities to engage local artists and residents in their work. At the end of this month, advancing artists will visit south Wood County for a community orientation and tour of the Tribune Building. The next deadline is March 12 when all advancing artists will deliver their final proposals.

General Contractor Selection
The next important stage of the Project is selecting a General Contractor. In January, we invited proposals from ten firms for Construction Management services on the Project. The submission deadline for these proposals is February 13.

Each of the prospective bidders had an opportunity to tour the Tribune Building and participate in a webinar informing them of the Project. The feedback we’ve received is that they are excited about this project and our approach to the work. Unlike any proposal process the prospective bidders have seen before, our application asks that they supply specific information to help us better understand their alignment with the vision of a community that works well for all people. Specifically, Incourage strives to work with vendors and subcontractors who:
  • Are located in the local community or within a 200-mile radius;
  • Hire qualified, diverse talent, who are equitably paid for their work;
  • Value learning opportunities or practices, and building capacity of their team or others involved in the work;
  • Can demonstrate a connection to place;
  • Have an eye on sustainability (of environment and business) and have demonstrated a commitment to corporate social responsibility.
A General Contractor will be selected in March, with construction anticipated to begin in Summer 2015. The complete Request for Proposals (RFP) is available here.

Photo courtesy of Melanie Lawder/Daily Tribune Media:

Just Launched – Phase 3: Connections
On January 27, Phase 3: Connections began with a room of more than 125 participants. Of these, at least 25 identified themselves as first-time Project participants. This is a tremendous testament to residents’ desire to be engaged in their community and to the Project’s inclusive design.

During this kick-off meeting, attendees were asked to sit in groups based on their areas of interest: cafe/brewpub, culinary kitchen, microbrewery, recreation, creative workshop, youth, arts, and other. As shared by Steve Grant, a table host of the microbrewery interest area, “We talked about how the brewery is more than a place to brew beer but that it’s part of the bigger picture of drawing a community together. We see the brewery as impacting other industries in the area such as: supporting local hop growers, providing spent grains to farmers, and more. We welcomed {at our table} four new people who were attending their first Tribune meeting. Three were home brewers and excited.”

Team Incourage extends a warm thank you to all who attended, and especially to those individuals who brought a guest or attended for the first time. Positive energy around the Project is growing, and your participation is demonstrating the value that engagement brings to our community as a whole.

To learn more about this evening, please watch the latest segment of Are You In? on River Cities Community Access.

Please plan to attend the next meeting
  • Tuesday | March 10 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm
  • Centralia Center | 220 Third Ave S | Wisconsin Rapids
  • Food and refreshments provided
  • RSVP here
  • Contact Incourage if you need assistance with childcare or transportation
On March 10, participants can expect to expand their networks and continue conversations with other residents who share their interests.

Tribune Building Project “In the News”
Following is a selection of the many mentions the Tribune Building Project has received in local and national media in the past month. To view more, please stay connected to Incourage: visit, like us on Facebook, and follow @incouragcf on Twitter.
Chelsey Mazurek
Incourage Community Foundation
478 E Grand Ave
Wisconsin Rapids WI 54494
© February 10, 2015

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