Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

Madison, WI


Home to the private, not-for-profit Morgridge Institute for Research and the public Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery facility is located in the heart of the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus.

This facility is intended to create a vibrant, flexible and inviting environment that will foster impromptu meetings among scientists, forge new research alliances, and facilitate ideas and breakthrough discoveries.

Unique building features include changeable research labs that can be configured to meet wet or dry research needs, winter gardens providing a year-round connection to nature with interior trees and water walls, a ground floor Town Center featuring public gathering spaces, cafes, restaurants and much more.

Sustainability was a major focus of the project and as a result, the facility received LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council in September 2011.

Category /

Higher Education

Attributes /

New Construction
Sustainable Building

Architect /

Uihlein Wilson Architects and Ballinger

Awards /

2010 Daily Reporter Top Projects Award – Best in Show
2010 In Business Commercial Design Award
2010 In Business Commercial Design Award - Best New Development or Renovation
2010 In Business Commercial Design Award - Best New Development or Renovation
2011 American Institute of Architects - Merit Award
2011 Construction Owners Association of America - Project Leadership Award - Gold
2011 ENR's Best Projects Award
2011 Madison Trust for Historic Preservation - Future Landmark Award
2011 SE2 Focus on Energy Award
2011 WCREW Showcase Award
2011 WMA Excellence in Hardscape Award
2011 WRMCA Concrete Design Award
2012 R&D Magazine Laboratory Project of the Year
2012 American Council of Engineering Companies - Wisconsin - Best of State: Engineering Excellence Award
2012 U.S. Green Building Council - Innovation in Green Building Award