Alverno College Campus Improvement Project

Milwaukee, WI

Originally built in 1953 for 800 students, today Alverno College is home to one of America’s largest women’s colleges. Alverno recently completed a massive expansion and renovation project, which was the most significant enhancement in the college’s history. Designed by Milwaukee-based Uihlein Wilson Architects, the project included a new three-story, 50,000 square-foot building, 13,500 square-foot building addition, and 125,000 square-feet of building renovations.

Renovations include improvements to the JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing and the creation of a new, larger student commons area to enhance the student experience. Additionally, a “green roof” was created to absorb rainfall and reduce reflected heat, which will help the environment and conserve energy costs.

A new “Student Main Street” combines advising, counseling, financial aid, career planning, and other critical student services in one easy-to-access location adjacent to the new La Verna Commons. Lastly, a new Art Education Suite was created, allowing for new classroom space devoted to art and dance education. Nearly 40 percent of Alverno students take courses in art and dance every year, and the expansion ensures students the space they need to develop their creativity.



Category /

Higher Education

Attributes /

New Construction

Architect /

Uihlein Wilson Architects

Awards /

2016 MMSD Green Luminary Award