UWM Enderis & Merrill Halls

Milwaukee, WI
Renovation, Historic Preservation
Seamless Integration of Interactive Technology within Historic Hall

At a Glance

  • SUMMARY: Renovate three lecture halls and computer classroom addition
  • SIZE: 9,500 sf
  • COMPLETION: 2002
  • CONSTRUCTION COST: $1.1 million
  • OWNER: State of Wisconsin, Division of Facilities Development University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • CERTIFICATION: Merrill Hall: National Register of Historic Places
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Project Overview

Merrill and Enderis Halls at UW-Milwaukee needed a complete renovation of three lecture halls to create a interactive distance education environment using the latest audiovisual and computer systems. The project involved a great deal of skilled coordination to accommodate different user groups and complete the same upgrades in two distinct buildings. Built in 1899, Merrill Hall is on the National Register of Historic Places, while Enderis Hall is 11 stories completed in 1972.

Each of the lecture halls was reconfigured to accommodate new audiovisual, lighting, power, and data systems. The front consoles include a built-in touchscreen to monitor and control the document cameras, videos, and room cameras. The sound system is equipped with an infrared hearing assist system and includes wireless microphones, speakers, stereo systems, and automatic mixer with built-in echo cancellation. New seating and finishes compliment the technology upgrades. Merrill Hall’s historic designation made the integration of these systems particularly challenging. For example, the existing choir loft now houses the projection booth, but does not compromise the original architecture. Enderis Hall’s sloping floor was reconfigured to allow for ADA compliant access and improve sight lines.

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