University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin Energy Institute

Wed, 01/18/2012 - 4:14am

Wisconsin Energy Institute

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin Energy Institute. Image: HOK/Potter Lawson

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin Energy Institute

Budget: $55 million.

Size: 104,000 ft2 (phase 1).

Project team: Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum (HOK), St. Louis (design architect); Potter Lawson, Madison (architect of record); Affiliated Engineers Inc., Madison (mechanical, electrical engineer); PSJ Engineering Inc., Madison (plumbing, fire protection engineer); Arnold and O’Sheridan, Madison (structural engineer); Ken Saiki Design, Madison (civil engineer, landscape architect); Mortenson Construction, Milwaukee (general contractor).

Completion date: Fall 2012.

Description: The first part of a planned two-phase project, the Wisconsin Energy Institute is a five-story building created for multidisciplinary collaboration. The federally funded Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center is the primary tenant for the facility, which will also host the UW Energy Institute, the Wisconsin Bioenergy Initiative, and the Center for Renewable Energy Systems. The program includes five primary laboratories focusing on molecular biology, chemical engineering, and organic chemistry research; a 1,400-ft2 applied engineering high-bay laboratory for solar and biofuels projects; a central NMR; two videoconferencing rooms; and an education and public outreach suite including biofuel demonstration gardens. LEED Gold certification is targeted, with strategies including a photovoltaic array; sophisticated daylighting design; and extensive use of sustainable materials.

Contact: Christy Redmond for HOK,


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