DFD #08A2E

Wisconsin Energy Institute

WEI constructed with a $57,153,600 budget will help the University develop novel technologies to meet the pressing national need of creating renewable energy in a sustainable and economically viable manner. Primary occupants of the building will be the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) and Wisconsin Bioenergy Initiative (WBI) whose focus is converting plant biomass into ethanol and other clean, renewable motor fuels. Space will also be created to promote development of other renewable technologies. The WEI building is located at 1552 University Ave., the site of the old University Health Building. When fully funded in a future phase, WEI will consist of an approximately 200,000 GSF building to support administrative, research and outreach activities.

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Total $57,153,600
Construction $47,792,534
A/E & Other Fees $5,029,478
FF&E $2,033,000
Contingency $222,443
DFD Fee $1,926,700
Haz Mat $149,445
GFSB $52,232,841
Gifts $4,576,000
PR Utilities $344,759


A/E Selection 05/2009
Planning 04/2008 – 12/2008
Programming 06/2009 – 08/2009
10% Concept Report 08/2009 – 10/2009
35% Design Report 11/2009 – 06/2010
Construction Documents 08/2010 – 05/2011
Bid Date 11/2010 – 06/2011
Construction 12/2010 – 11/2012
Substantial Completion 12/2012
Occupancy 01/2013

Key Stakeholders

Occupants Wisconsin Energy Institute
User Reps Various
UW PM Pete Heaslett
DFD PM Rex Loker
A/E Potter Lawson Inc.
Design Arch. Potter Lawson Inc./ HOK
Landscape Arch. Ken Saiki Design
Structural Engr. Arnold & O’Sheridan Inc.
CM Mortenson Construction
Plumbing Hooper Corp.
Mechanical North American Mechanical
Fire Protection J.F. Ahern Corp.
Electrical Pieper Electric, Inc.

Area Data

GSF 107,000
ASF 60,000
Efficiency 56.07%
Construction $/GSF $47.00
Total Project $/GSF $446.66

The Wisconsin Energy Institute is within walking distance of 14 basic services such as fitness facilities, grocery stores, and medical facilities which contributes to community connectivity and decreases the need for automotive transportation. Bike racks located around the building can accommodate 66 bicycles and the building is equipped with shower and changing facilities to promote alternative transportation. 69% of the project site is vegetated open space which promotes biodiversity and recreation, reduces urban heat island effect, and aids natural storm water management.

Bottle fillers within the building encourage reusing water bottles and also display the number of bottles saved with each fill. Additionally, the site is fitted with vegetation that requires no irrigation. These elements all contribute to LEED credits towards water efficiency.

Wisconsin Energy Institute uses 36% less energy compared to the model code. Chilled beams reduce energy consumption more efficiently by cooling spaces with liquid, rather than conditioning air. A heat recovery chiller transfers energy from exhaust air streams back into the supply air stream. Ozone-depleting CFC-based refrigerants are not used. Furthermore, 0.5% of the building electrical load is provided by roof-mounted photovoltaics.

Recycling and reuse of materials is important within the WEI. 95% of construction demolition waste was diverted from landfills. Additionally, door frames from the original site have been reused in other construction projects and materials ordered for the building were preferred to be regional. Waste disposal within the building is separated to encourage occupants to recycle.

Ash trays outside the building are not within 25 feet of any entrance in order to preserve indoor air quality. Also, low-emitting paints, sealants, adhesives, carpets and furnishings are used inside. 90% of occupant spaces will have natural daylight and outdoor views promote occupants’ productivity, comfort and well-being. Finally, a thermal comfort survey will be given to occupants to assess their satisfaction and pinpoint any post-occupancy issues.