University of Wisconsin-Madison
Uw Madison Computer Bldg

$260 million computer and data facility is being built at University of Wisconsin-Madison

April 21, 2023
The 350,000-square-foot building for the School of Computer, Data & Information Sciences is scheduled to be completed in 2025.

The University of Wisconsin–Madison is constructing a nearly 350,000-square-foot building for its School of Computer, Data & Information Sciences (CDIS).

The seven-story facility is set to rise in the heart of the Madison campus and will provide flexible classroom space with as many as 1,100 seats and a learning center to help students — especially those just beginning to develop their computing and data skills — succeed in introductory courses.

The $260 million project is funded entirely through private donations, including a commitment of $125 million from Tashia and John Morgridge and $50 million from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.

CDIS brings together the Computer Sciences and Statistics departments and the Information School. The building will put a common roof over those founding units and provide a new home for other related campus partners, including the School of Medicine and Public Health’s Department of Biostatistics & Medical Informatics, the American Family Insurance Data Science Institute, the N+1 Institute and the Center for High Throughput Computing.

Expected to be completed in 2025, the facility is designed to be the most sustainable on campus. More than one-quarter of the site will be covered with planted areas including a courtyard, terraces and green roofs.

Irrigation and restroom flush fixtures will incorporate collected stormwater, and the building plans to reduce water use 35% beyond federal standards. Its rooftop will be equipped with high-efficiency solar panels and a solar trellis.

The architects are LMN Architects and Kahler Slater.

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