Friday 12th August 2022

UW-Madison receives $175 million for new tech sciences building

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A rendering of UW-Madison's new building for the School of Computer, Data and Information Sciences.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison announced plans to build a new, $225 million academic building for its new School of Computer, Data and Information Sciences, one it plans to fund entirely through donor and private support.

Significantly propelling the campus toward that fundraising goal is a $75 million gift from UW alumni and mega-donors John and Tashia Morgridge. The Morgridges also gave $50 million through a 1-to-1 match. UW will seek to raise $50 million more from other donors and alumni to complete the match challenge. 

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, best known by its acronym WARF, also gave $50 million to the endeavor.

The 300,000-square-foot building will include floors to support spaces for learning, students and academic research. It will also be the most sustainable building on campus when completed. It will also be designed to create spaces that enhance the school’s work toward building a more inclusive and diverse tech community.

The building will also house the university’s Center for High Throughput Computing, the American Family Insurance Data Science Institute and the Department of Biostatistics & Medical Informatics.

A rendering of UW-Madison's new building for the School of Computer, Data and Information Sciences.

“This is an investment in UW–Madison and the state of Wisconsin that will help secure their place in our shared future,” said John Morgridge, a 1955 UW–Madison graduate who went on to be CEO and chairman of the board of Cisco Systems. “Tashia and I hope our commitment will inspire others to see the transformative potential of this project and help get it over the finish line.”



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