UW-Madison Chemical, Biological & Engineering Lab
The newly renovated Chemical, Biological, and Engineering labs will bring new studies to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Over 30,000 sqft of lab space will be renovated into a 3rd-floor graduate program lab, and two floors of fermentation and biological lab space will house the basement of the Engineering Hall. This project involved the demolition of the existing hydrochemistry lab space on the lower level of the building. The former lab had underground water tanks that were now empty pits. To account for the weight of our equipment and the new lab, these pits needed to backfilled and the floor reinforced before construction even started.
To complete this, our team had to build a soil retention wall to get equipment into the building, and demolition out of the building. The expansion of the basement-level fermentation laboratory also required the JP Cullen team to underpin the existing forms to accommodate the newly expanded basement. Underpinning the existing walls requires extreme precision and is of the utmost importance to ensure the building is stable and can support the newest lab additions.
A new environment room with state-of-the-art refrigeration and temperature control will also be a part of the graduate program’s lab.
This project is currently under construction and will house its first class of students Fall of 2023.
One of the most distinctive elements of the lab is its barrel-vaulted ceiling. Its dramatic design features a DNA pattern that echoes the lab’s purpose.