The Sauk County Board will consider tonight whether to hire a Sheboygan firm to design a $4.4 million science building on the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County campus.

The $273,500 contract with Bray Architects, Inc., would be split two ways between the county and the city of Baraboo. The Baraboo City Council approved the contract last week.

The resolution that will go before the County Board this evening states that the Sauk County Campus Commission and a subcommittee it created “have determined that the improvement of science facilities on the campus is imperative, and will create great improvements for the academic offerings at the campus along with fostering economic development in the community.”

The city and county own the campus property and lease it to the UW System, which provides staff and programming. The campus commission, which consists of representatives from the university and both units of local government, authored a master plan for the university in 2006 that included the science building and the college’s first student living facility.

The city and county both have both appropriated $65,000 for architectural services this year. The same payment will be requested of both the county and city in 2014, according to a fiscal note from County Controller Kerry Beghin.

“A preliminary estimate of construction cost is ($4.4 million), and discussions are underway regarding the source of these funds,” Beghin wrote.

The board also is slated to take action on a potential $156,216 contract with Clean Cut Tree Services for flood mitigation work on the Clark Creek watershed; a $10,000 copyright infringement settlement with a software company; and the creation of a special committee to develop a “justice continuum” that would look at the root causes of criminal activity.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the West Square Building in Baraboo.

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