Transforming Space, Transforming Learning: The WSB Learning Commons

A rendering of WSB students collaborating in the Learning Commons
by Clare Becker
Monday, June 26, 2017
Construction on the innovative new space begins Fall 2017

WSB’s Learning Commons will transform the student learning experience.

Imagine a student studying in a stream of sunlight. One floor down, an instructor and industry leader walk participants through the latest cutting-edge software in a classroom outfitted with mobile furniture and chairs. Nearby, a small group plans a presentation in a semi-private breakout room. Glass panels mute sound and reflect light, linking together stairways, open spaces, and classrooms.

All of this is a view into what project architect Traci Lesneski calls the “something wonderful”—the transformative learning experiences—happening inside.

This fall, that vision will be on its way to reality with the Wisconsin School of Business’s Learning Commons, a collaboration between WSB and the University of Wisconsin–Madison General Library System that will renovate nearly 35,000 square feet of Grainger Hall and unify three existing floors into one cohesive commons. Read more