University of Wisconsin-Madison
Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery
The new paradigm for flexible, sustainable, interdisciplinary research.
The organization of spaces in the 300,000 sf Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery research building ("Discovery") – collocating the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery and the Morgridge Institute for Research – simultaneously serves energy efficiency, functional long-term flexibility, interdisciplinary collaboration, and public transparency.
Highly flexible research neighborhoods – with reconfigurable overhead utility drops and "plug and-play" accommodations for hoods and chilled beams – contain nested pods of focused lab spaces, surrounded by support space and offices, creating concentric thermal buffers, in turn surrounded by public spaces. Because research innovation happens at the interfaces of disciplines, these areas offer incidental gathering points and other means to foster creative collaboration.
Energy-saving measures include natural ventilation of the public ground floor/atrium zones, a geoexchange system, aggressive heat recovery, and chilled beam technology, with the goal of consuming 50% less energy than comparable UW facilities.
Delivered using Integrated Project Delivery, the Discovery building opened in December 2010, estimated to have been a year sooner than would have been possible using a design-bid-build approach. Discovery's mission is accelerating new knowledge to improve human health and well-being.
“We established an ambitious goal to use 50% less energy and water than other laboratory facilities on the Madison campus. Through the innovation and expertise of the people at AEI, we are exceeding this goal and setting a new standard for the campus.”
- (less use of energy and water)
- 1 year
- (time save by integrated delivery)