Domestic Abuse Intervention Services

Executive Overview

The Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) project is one of which Urban Assets is very proud and considers to be foundational to the development of our business, representing our commitment to community. 



$5.6 Million, 56-bed emergency domestic abuse shelter in a 35,175 S.F. facility


2102 Fordem Avenue, Madison

Our Role:

Project manager, municipal approvals, neighborhood engagement

Others on The Development Team:

  • Potter & Lawson Architects – Architecture and Design
  • Huffman Facility Development — Owner’s Rep
  • Civil Engineers – SCS Engineers
  • Landscape Architect – Saiki Design

*Schematic credit: Potter & Lawson Architects

The Story:

DAIS operates the only emergency domestic violence shelter in Dane County.  Its former facility was in an undisclosed location, in poor condition, and too small to meet the demand for services. With the help of Urban Assets, DAIS moved into a new, state-of-the-art public facility at 2102 Fordem Avenue in 2014.

Development of the new 35,175-square-foot facility involved renovating a portion of the existing building, a former Sears showroom, and creating a two-story addition. The new facility houses all of the organization’s services, including education, programming, legal advocacy, and a 56-bed emergency domestic abuse shelter. The project was funded through a mix of donations, grants, low interest loans, and tax credits.

Urban Assets aimed to deliver a new home for DAIS that would be able to meet the demand for services and improve organizational efficiency. Urban Assets managed this project from concept through completion, including working with DAIS to establish a core project leadership structure, conducting stakeholder outreach, developing RFPs for design and construction services, and coordination of project development.

DAIS In The News

“The people who come here will have new hope and a fresh start,” said Loren Mortenson, Lead Donor for DAIS. 

Wisconsin State Journal, Doug Erickson, July 27, 2014

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Our Work

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