WEI Building: A catalytic home for energy innovation
The Wisconsin Energy Institute building is a centerpiece of future renewable energy systems research at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. The Institute houses cutting-edge research in advanced fuels, renewable energy and energy storage systems. The WEI building brings engineers and biological and physical scientists together to create integrated clean energy systems that both increase energy efficiency and diversify the energy sector. Located directly next to the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and the College of Engineering, and in close physical proximity to the College of Letters & Sciences and the new Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, WEI is strategically placed within a new campus research corridor— one that is ideal for collaborative renewable energy research and the transfer of technology to applications.
The laboratories, imaging and computational spaces inside the WEI allow agronomists, biologists, chemists, computer scientists, ecologists, engineers and mathematicians to collaboratively develop future energy systems. The flexible design includes “plug and play” wet and dry laboratories that easily adapt to changes in research teams or disciplines giving scientists the capability to adjust labs for their work and the university's first high-bay laboratories for the creation of large-scale integrated energy systems.
The WEI is an energy-efficient research facility that reflects the clean energy advances being developed on campus, and functions as a nexus for UW-Madison energy research, training, outreach and technology transfer, positioning the institution to expand as a global leader in energy.
Thanks to the expertise and dedication of our construction team, contractors and architects the Wisconsin Energy Institute building has been nominated for and won a number of awards:
- Wisconsin Green Building Association's Certificate of Merit for Sustainability and Energy Efficiency
- ENRMidwest's Award of Merit Safety/Higher Education
- The Daily Reporter's Top Projects of 2012
- Build Wisconsin's Awards for General Contracter - New Construction and Specialty Contractor - Exterior Finishes
You can learn more about the building by reading these great stories from Lab Design News: