Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

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Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

The Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery is a public-private research and outreach partnership that is located in the Discovery Building on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus. It consists of two institutions: the privately funded Morgridge Institute for Research, and the publicly funded Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. Both institutes opened in 2010.[1] The publicly funded institute is headed by Jo Handelsman,[2] and the privately funded institute is led by chief executive officer Brad Schwartz.[3]

Both institutes are housed in the same facility, the ground floor of which serves as a "town center", providing several small and large meeting and collaboration areas and variety of dining options. This town center design is based on the philosophies presented in the Wisconsin Idea.[4] Above the town center on the ground floor, the building has three floors of modular, non-traditional research and lab space, designed to promote collaboration amongst researchers.[4] The building is also designed using green techniques, and is expected to use 50% less energy and water than the next most recent research building on the UW–Madison campus.[4]

Building Design Information[edit]

  • Size: 330,000 square feet
  • Cost: $213 million
  • Architect, Design Architect, and Laboratory Planner: Ballinger, Philadelphia, PA
  • Associate Architect/Interior Designer: Uihlein Wilson Architects, Milwaukee, WI
  • MEP Engineer: Affiliated Engineers Inc., Madison, WI
  • Landscape Architect: Olin Partnership, Philadelphia, PA
  • Structural and Civil Engineer: Graef, Anhalt, Schloemer & Assoc. Inc., Madison, WI
  • Construction Manager: J.H. Findorff & Sons Inc., Madison, WI, and M.A. Mortensen Co., Brookfield, WI


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Wiley takes interim post at Wisconsin Institute for Discovery". The Business Journal of Milwaukee. American City Business Journals, Inc. 23 June 2008. Retrieved 11 December 2009.
  2. ^ "Jo Handelsman Named Director of Wisconsin Institute for Discovery". 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Leadership". Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
  4. ^ a b c "Building - Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery". Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. 28 April 2009. Retrieved 11 December 2009.

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Coordinates: 43°04′22″N 89°24′29″W / 43.072916°N 89.408095°W / 43.072916; -89.408095