Capital Projects

Campus Planning oversees the planning, coordination, review, design, and construction of campus projects over $185,000, with most of our projects in the $1-$100 million range including responsibilities to:

  • Manage the capital budget process for all major projects.
  • Review all major campus projects in accordance with Master and Redevelopment Plans
  • Manage the planning, design, and construction for General Fund Supported Borrowing (GFSB) and Program Revenue (PR) funded major building projects in partnership with the University of Wisconsin System (UWSA) and the Wisconsin Division of Facilities Development & Management  (DFDM).
  • Manage the delivery of 100 percent gift- and grant-funded major building projects under the authority granted by WI Act 55.
  • Support the mission of UW-Milwaukee in the development of all major projects.


Project Name Total Cost Project Status
1. Lubar Entrepreneurship Center & Welcome Center $7,768,000 Design Complete
2. Classroom Projects 15-17 $850,000 Design Development
3. Jan Serr Studio at Kenilworth Square East $800,000 Design Development

1. Lubar Entrepreneurship Center & Welcome Center

N. Maryland Ave & E. Kenwood Blvd

This project will provide a new stand‐alone, two‐level building for the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center, Welcome Center and a Grind Café.

The Lubar Entrepreneurship Center will include spaces for collaborative activities, project‐based rooms, and active learning environments.  The space will be home to the Ideas Challenge Programming that supports education and entrepreneurship, curricular programs, and an ongoing relationship with business community partners, forming a growing ecosystem of entrepreneurship and innovation.

The Welcome Center will relocate visit programs and services from Vogel Hall to the new facility. It will continue to offer a variety of special tours and campus visits based at the new facility, serving prospective students.

Together the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center and Welcome Center will serve as a “front door” to campus, not only for students, but also for business and community leaders who interact with the University.

Project Information:

  • UWM Contact: Karen Wolfert (
  • Architect: Continuum Architects + Planners.
  • Contractor: SMA Construction Services
  • Total Project Cost: $7,768,000
  • Square Footage: 15,420 ASF / 24,094 GSF
  • Sources of Funding: $7,768,000 GFSB
  • Status: Design Complete
  • Bidding: Complete
  • Project Review: March 2017
  • BOR/SBC Authority to Construct: Summer 2017
  • Bidding: November 2017
  • Start Construction: February 2018
  • Substantial Completion: December 2018
  • Occupancy: February 2019
  • Primary Occupants: Lubar Entrepreneurship Center and Welcome Center

2. Classroom Projects 15-17

Kenwood Campus - EMS Building

EMS Hall – Project intent is to reconfigure 6 existing general assignment, non-mediated classrooms to provide 3 larger capacity mediated classrooms.

Project Information:

  • UWM Contact: Mike Priem (
  • Architect: Bray Architects
  • Contractor: TBD
  • Total Project Cost: $850,000
  • Sources of Funding: GFSB – $850,000
  • Status: Design Development (0% Complete)
  • Start Planning: May 2017
  • 35% Review: Complete
  • Bidding: Feb – March 2018
  • Start Construction: Spring 2018
  • Percent Completion: 0%
  • Substantial Completion: December 2018
  • Occupancy: January 2018
  • Primary Occupants: General Assignment Classrooms

3. Jan Serr Studio at Kenilworth Square East

2185 N. Prospect Ave

Black box theaters (also known as an experimental theater), are a recent innovation in theatre design and experiences; foregoing the elaborate design, formality and complexity of traditional theaters to create a more intimate and informal experience for both performers and the audience.

The proposed flexible performance venue, will be constructed in a shelled area of Kenilworth Square East  (2185 N. Prospect Ave, Milwaukee, Wisconsin); home of the Peck School of the Arts faculty studios, class labs, and the Innova Gallery.  Located just over a mile south of the UWM main (Kenwood) campus, the facility offers specific physical features (high, laterally clear ceiling space, and a floor area with few structural obstructions) necessary to accommodate this type of theatre project.

To view the predesign draft, click here.

Project Information:

  • UWM Contact: Mike Priem (
  • Architect: Hammel, Green and Abrahamson
  • Contractor: TBD
  • Total Project Budget: $800,000
  • Square Footage: 10,930 ASF / 12,282 GSF
  • Sources of Funding: $800,000 Gift Funding
  • Design Development Completed
  • 35% Review: Completed
  • Bidding: March 2018
  • Percent Completion: 0%
  • Substantial Completion / Occupancy: Fall 2018
  • Primary Occupants: PSOA