UW-Platteville Unveil $55 Million Sesquicentennial Hall Today (9/1)
The University of Wisconsin Platteville is excited to unveil Sesquicentennial Hall, today (9/1), during its grand opening celebration from 1pm to 2pm. Join the celebration at the entrance nearest Southwest Road and Longhorn Drive. Sesquicentennial Hall hopes to transform the way that UW-Platteville educates the next generation of engineering leaders. It brings together all engineering disciplines, computer science, and the sustainable and renewable energy systems program to the same building. The $55 million project was made possible by support from the UW System Board of Regents and state legislature.
This new building joins the current Busby Hall of Engineering to create a 200,000 square foot complex which supports interdisciplinary engineering and computer science. The building includes exposed infrastructure, data-generating building systems to be used in a variety of classes, and an energy-isolated space in which students and faculty can explore building-specific questions in the hands-on manner for which UW-Platteville is well-known. Building specifics make the building itself a learning tool, with the goal of transforming the future of engineering education.
According to the website the new space includes;
Three classrooms, including two active learning classrooms
Huff Family Innovation Center, where students can turn their idea, progressively, into a design, a prototype, and a business plan
Accessible green roof
Five cross-functional and shared teaching laboratories
Presto Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Senior Design Lab and MSA Professional Services Civil and Environmental Engineering Senior Design Classroom
Laboratories to support undergraduate research
Extensive student study space
Mentor Center and Strand Associates Inc. CenterPOINT (staffed study spaces managed by College of EMS Student Success Programs)
Conference rooms and a coffee shop
Offices for faculty and staff, as well as the College of Engineering Mathematics and Science Dean’s office
In addition, UW-Platteville has led with a commitment to sustainable design and a greener campus; and are seeking LEED certification of Sesquicentennial Hall to assure the building will be at the forefront of sustainable design, with an emphases towards innovative concepts in building operations, with a goal to create enhanced efficiency in water and energy use, reduce waste, and improve air quality.