UWM Lapham Hall

Milwaukee, WI
Renovation, Programming, Project Management
Creating Flexible Learning Spaces for Science Students

At a Glance

  • SUMMARY: Major renovation and programming for new science labs and classrooms
  • SIZE: 49,800 sf
  • COMPLETION: May 2006
  • CONSTRUCTION COST: $7.2 million
  • OWNER: State of Wisconsin,Division of Facilities Development University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
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Project Overview

The five-story, 45,000-square-foot Lapham Hall North building was gutted to the original structure and renovated for new research laboratories and classrooms. The ground floor is used for new anatomy classrooms and the remaining floors are biology research labs and respective support spaces. An additional 4,800 square feet in the west building was also renovated for biomedical research labs. The renovation includes new mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, audio-visual and telecommunications as well as new laboratory casework and fixed equipment. Very low floor-to-floor heights made the layering and coordination of MEP systems especially challenging. The A/E team performed extensive field verification surveys that were used early in the schematic design phase to help make decisions about standardization of the lab layouts and logical, efficient, and constructible routing of MEP systems.

Our services included programming, project management, and full architectural and interior design services with lab casework design and existing equipment relocation. The project design focused on long-term adaptability and flexibility of the laboratory spaces through the use of a modular core lab component that is repeated in all of the labs.

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