Downtown building plans change

When the current Public Safety Building in downtown Madison was originally constructed over 20 years ago, it was expected that additional floors could be added in the future.

But after a recent structural analysis, architects and engineers from Mead & Hunt and Potter Lawson have determined that the building — while safe in its current state — cannot support four more stories.

As a result, according to a report in the Wisconsin State Journal, a new building will likely be built behind the current Public Safety Building on what now is a county-owned parking lot. The building is being expanded as part of a plan to consolidate the Dane County Jail.

Costs of the new structure are being calculated.