University of Wisconsin-Madison

Wisconsin Energy Institute

Parallels become synergies for integrative energy research

The University of Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) is a new kind of integrative organization working to complete the energy source/distribution/demand equation. Their metacenter building provides a forum for the exchange of ideas on energy issues, focusing, integrating, and transferring knowledge to better understand challenges and identify needs in energy resources, technology, and sustainability. The University of Wisconsin is a global leader in energy-related education, research, and service activities. WEI’s goal is to establish cross-disciplinary connections and collaborations so these centers of excellence can work together effectively and synergistically in identifying strategies for clean, efficient energy as a vehicle for the continued growth of the U.S. and world economies.

Location

Madison, WI

LEED Status

LEED Gold

Building Size

107,000 sq. ft.

Awards

  • 2014 Project of the Year
  • 2014 Best Green-Built
  • 2013 Projects of Distinction Gold Award for the HVAC
  • 2013 Award of Merit Safety and Higher Education/Research
  • Top Projects of 2012
  • New Construction Award of Merit

The WEI building is sited prominently on UW’s central thoroughfare, overlooking the engineering campus and adjacent to Camp Randall Stadium grounds, its identity unmistakable with a conspicuous PV array and energy use displays in the facility. The distinctive traffic-facing glass prow of the building maximizes daylighting deep into the facility’s central light well circulation space.

52%
Less energy use than code
26kW
PV production

Half of the building’s 107,000 square feet is dedicated to laboratory space that is itself subject to research of laboratory energy-efficiency optimization. The wet and dry laboratories have a flexible plug-and-play design allowing research teams to easily reconfigure their workspace for new projects or collaboration. Sustainable features of the building include: five PV arrays on two rooftop level; a heat recover systems with a glycol heat reclaim module and 20-ton heat pump chiller system; and, chilled beam technology throughout office areas.

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