School of Freshwater Sciences

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Milwaukee, Wisconsin


This project constructed the initial phase of an integrated marine, freshwater, and atmospheric research laboratory on the site of the existing Great Lakes Research Facility (GLRF). Building components include:

The project constructed a four-story 125,000-gross-square-foot addition to the existing Great Lakes Research Facility (GLRF). Shared research support core facilities were created for computation and visualization, genomics, biosecurity (Biosafety Levels 2 and 3), and trace analysis. The addition also houses research collaboration areas such as conference/meeting rooms, visiting scientist support, and outreach spaces. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee will continue to build on its 40-year-old history of the Great Lakes Water Institute and the key role that freshwater has played in the health and economy of our region as it opens the nation’s first School of Freshwater Sciences with a mission of promoting transformative research and graduate education.

This project is necessary to create a research environment that attracts a diverse group of researchers by providing them with both the tools and the colleagues to advance fundamental and strategic science. It provides state-of-the-art laboratories for interdisciplinary research that focus on climate systems and forecasting, ecosystem management, environmental health, and integrated marine technologies.

The facility provides scientists and students an opportunity to engage with one other in interdisciplinary lines of scientific inquiry; to share data, knowledge, and models; and to accelerate the pace of discovery and innovation.

Henneman Engineering provided mechanical, electrical, and information technology design engineering services.

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