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Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

The $200 million research institute known as the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery will occupy the 1300 block of University Avenue, replacing older underutilized structures. It will bring together biology, bioinformatics, computer science, engineering, nanotechnology, and other fields in one setting to spark new scientific and engineering breakthroughs. It will also serve as a town center with a strong outreach component. This project is spearheaded by a $50 million donation from John and Tashia Morgridge.

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Total $213,000,000
Construction $181,408,000
A/E & Other Fees $20,063,000
FF&E $8,282,000
Contingency $2,700,000
% for Art $125,000
Haz Mat $422,000
GFSB $50,000,000
Gifts $150,000,000


A/E Selection 09/2006
Planning 01/2004 – 01/2006
Programming 11/2006 – 04/2007
10% Concept Report 04/2007 – 09/2007
35% Design Report 09/2007 – 03/2008
Construction Documents 02/2008 – 08/2008
Bid Date 02/2008 – 02/2009
Construction 04/2008 – 10/2010
Substantial Completion 10/2010
Occupancy 12/2010

Key Stakeholders

Occupants Biologists, Computer
Scientists, Engineers,
Other Scientists
User Reps WID & MIR committee
UW PM Pete Heaslett
A/E Uihlein-Wilson Architects
Design Arch. Ballinger
Landscape Arch. Olin Partnership/ GRAEF
Structural Engr. N/A
General Contractor Findorff, Mortenson
Plumbing Hooper Corp.
Mechanical General Heating & Air Cond
Fire Protection Hooper Corp.
Electrical Westphal & Co. Inc.

Area Data

GSF 327,615
ASF 180,000
Efficiency 54.94%
Construction $/GSF $553.72
Total Project $/GSF $650.15

Alternative transportation includes promoting bicycle commuting with 963 bicycle stalls with four shower changing facilities within the building.

Exterior shading devices such as overhangs, window fins and baguettes to reduce heat absorbed in the summer months.

The amount of materials recycled was tracked throughout construction and a total of 88% of the construction waste from the project was recycled.

Low-VOC adhesives, sealants, paints, and coatings were applied inside the building.