UW Madison Signe Skott Cooper Hall

Madison, WI


Signe Skott Cooper Hall, new home to the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Nursing, opened in the fall of 2014. The $53 million, five-story building offers one of the largest active learning spaces in the country, designed to support best practices in nursing and inter-professional health education. Classrooms are fully interactive and integrated with wireless and wired instructional technology.

The state-of-the-art facility supports 30 percent growth in faculty numbers, research programs, and enrollment. The new building doesn’t just increase the number of nursing students; it changes how they are educated. Its active learning environments address health care’s new standard of excellence: team-based, patient-centered care that stretches from the first clinic visit or hospital admission to in-home monitoring, encompassing the entire continuum of care concept.

With its open, airy design, Cooper Hall is positioned to promote faculty and student interaction and collaboration. It meets the highest current standards for green engineering and sustainability and includes a 300-seat auditorium, high-tech conference rooms, dozens of research project offices, and a usable green roof on the third floor. It stands as one of the most innovative and advanced teaching and academic research facilities in nursing across the nation. Signe Skott Cooper Hall has earned LEED Silver Certification from the Green Building Institute.

Category /

Higher Education

Attributes /

New Construction
Sustainable Building

Architect /

Kahler Slater

Awards /

2016 IIDA Wisconsin, First Place - Education/Institutional/Liturgical
2015 American School and University Magazine Educational Interiors Showcase - Silver Citation
2014 Daily Reporter Top Project Award
2014 ASID Wisconsin Annual Design Excellence Bronze Award - Educational