Furthering UWM's Vision

"We will be a top-tier research university that is the best place to learn and work for students, faculty and staff, and that is a leading driver for sustainable economic prosperity. We will accomplish this through a commitment to excellence, powerful ideas, community and global engagement, and collaborative partnerships."

Projects & Planning

Capital Projects

UWM currently has 1 capital project under construction with a value of $80 million dollars. In addition, UWM has another 3 anticipated projects with an estimated value exceeding $170 million. See the table below for project names, costs, status, and locations corresponding to the following maps. **right click any image displaying the hand icon, and open in a new tab / window for a larger view**
Metropolitan Locations
Kenwood Campus
Metropolitan Area Projects Map  Kenwood Campus Projects Map 
Project Name
Total Cost Project Status
1. Kenwood IRC
$80,000,000  Construction Underway  (95%) 
2. Student Union
$TBD Hired Consultant
3. Innovation Campus IRC
$75,000,000 Hired Consultant
4. Classroom Projects 13-15
$1,800,000 Hired Consultant

1.  Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex

N Maryland Ave & E Kenwood Blvd - CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY
NWQ Greenhouse 5/21/14  KIRC Rendering  KIRC Construction Progress 10/17/14 

This project is the initial phase of a major redevelopment of the southwest precinct of campus. It will address urgent Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) needs on campus through the creation of research labs/core facilities, instructional/collaboration space, and office/support space. 

Kenwood IRC Construction Webcam (Live)

Project Information:

  • UWM Project Manager: Kurt Young Binter (youngbin@uwm.edu)
  • Architect: Flad Architects
  • Contractor: CG Schmidt
  • Total Project Cost: $80,000,000
  • Square Footage KIRC:
    73,900 ASF/141,300 GSF
  • Square Footage NWQ Greenhouse:
    6,800 ASF/9,200 GSF
  • Sources of Funding: GFSB - $73,400,000  Gifts/Grants - $6,600,000
  • Status: Construction Underway
  • Start Design: 1/2011
  • 35% Review: 5/2012
  • Bidding: 2/2012
  • Start Construction KIRC: 8/2012
  • NWQ Greenhouse Percent
    Completion: 100%
  • Greenhouse Occupancy: Fall 2013
  • KIRC Percent Completion: 95%
  • Substantial Completion: 1/2015
  • KIRC Occupancy: Spring 2015
  • Primary Occupants: Physics & Zilber School of Public Health
Work Completed Past Month:
  • Ongoing Construction
Work Planned This Month:
  • Ongoing Construction

2. Union

Union, 2200 E Kenwood Blvd
 Union Front Stairway  Union Main Entrance Driveway


The state of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee have now hired a consultant to fulfill pre-design for the new Student Union Project. (Updated: 5/1/2014).

Student Union Pre-Design Study to the PEC >>


Project Information:

  • UWM Project Manager: Kurt Young Binter (youngbin@uwm.edu)
  • Architect (Pre-Design): Engberg Anderson & Cannon Design
  • Contractor: TBD
  • Total Project Cost: TBD
  • Sources of Funding: TBD
  • Status: Hired Consultant for Pre-Design
  • Start Design: TBD
  • 35% Review: TBD
  • Bidding: TBD
  • Start Construction: TBD
  • Substantial Completion: TBD
  • Percent Completion: 0%
  • Primary Occupants: Students
  • Occupancy: TBD
Work Completed Past Month:
  • TBD
Work Planned This Month:
  • TBD

3. Innovation Campus Integrated Research Center

Innovation Park, N Swan Blvd and W Watertown Plank Rd, Wauwatosa
Innovation Campus Neighborhood Innovation Campus Google Map

This project will create a 150,000 GSF multi-disciplinary academic research facility focusing on medical research, with a concentration in bio-medical engineering. The land for the IRC project is owned by the UWM Real Estate Foundation, and will be donated to UWM. The facility will take advantage of its proximity to the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center and its members to foster collaboration between UWM and private sector businesses/institutions, leading to academic and transitional opportunities.

Project Information:
  • UWM Project Manager: Karen Wolfert (wolfertk@uwm.edu)
  • Architect: Eppstein Uhen Architects with
    ZGF Architects
  • Contractor: TBD
  • Total Project Cost: $75,000,000
  • Sources of Funding: GFSB
  • Status: Hired Consultant
  • Start Planning: 12/2014
  • 35% Review: TBD
  • Bidding: TBD
  • Start Construction: TBD
  • Substantial Completion: Fall 2017
  • Percent Completion: 0%
  • Primary Occupants: Engineering, College of Health Sciences
  • Occupancy: Winter 2017
Work Completed Past Month:
  • Hired Architect
Work Planned This Month:
  • TBD

4. Classroom Projects 13-15

Kenwood Campus - Bolton Hall, Cunningham Hall, Lapham Hall, Mitchell Hall

Bolton Hall - Project intent is to reconfigure 4 existing general assignment, non-mediated classrooms and pair them to provide 2 centrally located active learning rooms.
Cunningham Hall - This project will reconfigure an existing general assignment, mediated classroom and upgrade it to provide an active learning classroom.
Lapham Hall - Project provides technology/furnishing upgrades to a room constructed in 1989. It will bring the facilities from Level 3 to 3+ and provide a more conducive learning environment.
Mitchell Hall - This project provides technology/furnishing upgrades to a room last renovated in 1976, bringing facilities from Level 3 to 3+, while also replacing nearly 40 year old seating, providing a more conducive learning environment.

Project Information:
  • UWM Project Manager: Mike Priem (priemm@uwm.edu)
  • Architect: Continuum Architects
  • Contractor: TBD
  • Total Project Cost: $1,800,000
  • Sources of Funding: GFSB - $1,650,000
    PRSB - $150,000
  • Status: Hired Consultant
  • Start Planning: January 2015
  • 35% Review: TBD
  • Bidding: TBD
  • Start Construction: Spring 2016
  • Substantial Completion: Summer 2016
  • Percent Completion: 0%
  • Primary Occupants: General Assignment Classrooms
  • Occupancy: Fall 2016
Work Completed Past Month:
  • A/E Contract Negotiation
Work Planned This Month:
  • TBD

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Capital Planning

2015-17 Capital Budget Plan

2015-17 UWM Capital Budget Integrated Planning Process (4/26/13) 
For a more comprehensive list of information regarding Capital Planning & Budgeting, please visit:

The planning cycle for the 2015-17 Capital Budget launched in Spring 2012. Campus is coordinating with the UW System regarding process guidelines and scheduling. Our prioritized campus planning Issues list was submitted to UW System in June 2013. Issues being addressed include the campus wide space deficit, sub-quality research labs and facilities, and various other inadequacies relating to space needs and classroom sufficiency. Evaluation, refined prioritization, and alternative solutions to Issues were evaluated throughout the Summer and Fall of 2013. The campus Physical Environment Committee (PEC) receives all materials in advance of submissions to UW System.

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All Agency & Performance Contracts (Select Projects)

Electrical, HVAC, IT, Mechanical & Plumbing Projects

Heat Plant Oil Tank Leak Containment Replacement: #12B1G

Heating Plant, 3359 N Downer Ave

Ayres Associates

This project will replace the leak monitoring system and components of leak containment devices for the four underground oil storage tanks at the Central Heat Plant. Contact Andy Nelson (229-4013; acnelson@uwm.edu) for more information.

HVAC Improvements to Downer Buildings: #10A3I

Greene, Holton, Johnston, and Merrill Hall(s), N Downer Ave at E Hartford Ave

$8,898,500 ($ 8,611,000 GFSB, $ 287,500 PR Cash)
Henneman Engineering, Inc.

This project replaces the majority of the air handling and air distribution systems including renewal of affected building finishes to improve functionality, operations, and ventilation within the four Downer buildings (Greene, Holton, Johnston, Merrill). Project work includes replacing the air handling units, most of the air distribution system, and portions of the temperature control system within the buildings. This project also replaces lighting and suspended acoustical ceilings in areas where new air distribution will be provided. This project was approved by the State Building Commission in February 2010 and design is under way. A budget increase of $287,500 was approved by the Board of Regents and State Building Commission in November 2010 to add floor replacement and painting scope to the project. Construction is currently underway. Contact Andy Nelson (229-4013; acnelson@uwm.edu) for more information.

Building Projects

Aquaculture Development

Great Lakes Research Facility, 600 E Greenfield Ave

$ 703,000
Avantti Design Group
This project renovates 5,000 square feet of underutilized space in the Great Lakes Research Facility to create a flexible aquaculture training and research laboratory. Project work includes constructing a new partition wall enclosure for the project area and extending mechanical, electrical, and plumbing services into the project area. Contact Kurt Young Binter (229-2361; youngbin@uwm.edu)

Exterior Envelope Assessment

Sandburg Hall, North/South/West Towers, 3400 N Maryland Ave

James G Otto Architect, LLC
This project investigates the condition of the exterior masonry envelope for Sandburg Hall North, South, and West towers to scope a future repair project. Contact Dave Fisher (229-6129; fisherdj@uwm.edu) for more information.

Roofing Projects

South Tower Roof Replacement

Sandburg Hall, 3400 N Maryland Ave

Architect/Contractor TBD

This project replaces roof coverings and completes all other associated ancillary work to maintain the building envelope integrity and prevent damage to the building and its contents. Work will include replacing 6,000 square feet of roof covering with a new roofing membrane, which will utilize existing insulation as well as new insulation. The current roof sections are more than 33 years old and require replacement to address current leaking, weathered, worn, and/or damaged sections in order to extend the life of the roof. Contact Dave Fisher (229-6129; fisherdj@uwm.edu) for more information.

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