Tribune Building Project Update
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This Project Update is written for Tribune Building Project participants and interested individuals. A new update will arrive monthly, or more frequently as project developments dictate. To request a hard copy, please contact Incourage.

December 9 Celebration Event
To acknowledge and reflect on the hard work contributed in Phases 1 and 2 of the Tribune Building Project, we’re hosting a celebratory social evening! We’ll focus on the people who made this project come to life – YOU! – and provide updates for what is still to come.

Join us!
Tuesday, December 9
5:30 – 7:30 pm
Centralia Center | 220 Third Ave S
RSVP here or call 715.423.3863

If you need assistance with childcare or transportation, call Incourage.

Building Updates
Since the last Tribune Building meeting in September, the Project Team has been busy integrating your feedback into the building’s design in order to prepare for construction in 2015.

Concordia is assembling a team of professionals who will inform and execute the work as it moves forward. The following three firms will comprise the Engineering Team:
  • IBC Engineering (Waukesha, WI) – Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Engineering
  • Jewell Associates Engineers Inc. (Wisconsin Rapids, WI) – Structural Engineering
  • Quest Civil Engineers LLC. (Wisconsin Rapids, WI) – Civil Engineering
Additionally, The Concord Group (Milwaukee, WI) is working with Concordia to provide a cost estimate for the project. The project’s General Contractor is scheduled to be selected in February 2015.

As work continues on the building layout, design and use, we are reaching several critical advisory points for high level input on each of the spaces. In spaces like the café, culinary kitchen, microbrewery and creative workshop, this input requires a great deal of knowledge and expertise.

To that end, we have finalized advisory agreements with Ryan & Amy Scheide of Great Expectations and Marc Buttera of O’so Brewing Company, because of their deep knowledge and expertise in their respective industries. They will advise on an as needed basis regarding the operation, construction and architectural plans of the café, culinary kitchen and microbrewery.

Project Advisors have RSVP'd to attend the December 9 Celebration - please plan to spend time with each. They are looking forward to sharing additional information and hearing from you.

Fund Development
This past month, Incourage learned that the Tribune Building Project had been recommended for $6 Million in New Markets Tax Credits. We will be working to secure these credits over the coming months.

Climbing Wall
Throughout the design process, Incourage has balanced residents’ many recommendations with available space to realize our collective vision for the Tribune Building. Engaging our expert advisors in the building design phase, it became clear that an indoor climbing wall would not be possible in the space initially recommended by residents, as this is the only space tall enough to support the microbrewery operation’s necessary equipment.

While a climbing wall was relatively low in the inventory of residents’ desires, especially in comparison to a microbrewery, we are still interested in honoring your input through this process. At the December 9 Celebration Event we’ll welcome your thoughts on the following: 1) Is a climbing wall in the south Wood County area still important to you? 2) What creative solutions can you think of that would allow a climbing wall to still be incorporated within our community? To contribute your feedback directly prior to the Celebration Event, please contact Incourage and ask for Corey Anfinson or Gus Mancuso.

Ideas Become Reality
Take a moment to watch this beautiful, visionary rendering of the building’s exterior, as presented by Concordia. 

We hope to see you on December 9!


The Tribune Building is a Social Enterprise that helps shape a new economy and community that works well for all people. This space advances:
  • The value and importance of relationships and human potential;
  • An environment that fosters risk and accepts failure;
  • Creativity and innovation.
Chelsey Mazurek
Incourage Community Foundation
478 E Grand Ave
Wisconsin Rapids WI 54494
© December 3, 2014

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