2023-2025 Capital Budget Top Priority: Health Sciences Renovation

UW-Milwaukee is a vitally important academic institution with an impressive alumni base, strong research profile, and deep community and global engagements. Our commitment to excellence and powerful ideas provides the best place to learn and work for students, faculty and staff. We are a leading driver for sustainable prosperity of the region and the state.

The long range physical development plan is advancing our mission with an essential renovation project for Health Sciences.


Why Health Sciences?

High Demand Careers:

Students and parents look to UW-Milwaukee’s established Health Science programs to prepare for careers in the health fields. The U.S. Bureau of labor statistics estimates health sciences job growth will expand by 7-25% over the next decade. Our graduates have a placement rate of over 98% within 1 year of graduation.  These jobs directly help grow Wisconsin’s economy.

The need for UWM Health Sciences graduates is demonstrated through ongoing scholarships and over 500 clinical partnerships around the state..


Largest number of Health Science degree programs in Wisconsin:

About 2000 students are enrolled annually in the established programs of Biomedical Sciences, Rehabilitation Sciences & Technology, Health Informatics & Administration, Kinesiology, and Communication Sciences & Disorders.


Increase Healthcare Talent for Wisconsin:

Wisconsin’s healthcare professionals are in greater demand than ever. The project will increase student capacity by 10-15% and provide a faster path to graduation with earlier acceptance into degree programs.


A leader in Health Sciences Education:

New facilities will support expanded interdisciplinary education with a health sciences simulation center adjacent to the recently completed nursing simulation center. It will enhance the student educational experience and maximize synergies that can only come with adjacency.  The programs will teach continuum of care, emulating the best practices in healthcare and providing students a head-start in their careers.  It will provide Wisconsin with health care professionals ready to care for  patients.


Listen to our story —

Biomedical Instructional lab in Enderis requires two separate lab spaces, B70 and B90,to accommodate a single class

Overcrowded Rehabilitation Science and Technology teaching/research lab Enderis 980


Health Sciences Programs

Assistive Technology
Athletic Training
Applied Gerontology
Biomedical Sciences
Blood Banking Immunohematology
Communication Sciences & Disorders – Audiology, Speech Language Pathology
Diagnostic Imaging
Forensic Science
Healthcare Administration
Healthcare Compliance
Health Care Informatics
Kinesiology – Athletic coach, Exercise physiologist, Physical education teacher
Medical Laboratory Sciences
Molecular Diagnostics
Nutritional Sciences
Occupational Therapy
Physical Therapy
Radiologic Technology



Why support Health Science Renovation?

Proposed physical therapy instructional lab


Proposed active learning classroom


Proposed lobby


New building entrance

  • Health Sciences programs are in demand.  We have experienced enrollment growth of over 120% since 2000.  As a result, programs are in five buildings across the main campus.  To enroll and graduate more students, we must have more Instructional labs with larger capacity.


  • This project will complete space in the Northwest Quadrant, a former hospital that UW-Milwaukee  purchased in 2010.  Renovating the building is more cost effective than building new.


  • Northwest Quadrant sat empty for an extended time when CSM left in the 1990’s. This resulted in deteriorated architectural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems that must be replaced.  Renovating the building to change it from hospital use to academic use will also require building code updates, and complete remodeling.


  • The project will renovate about 300,000 square feet, transforming it into state of the art teaching and research space. It completes renovation of Buildings B, C, & D.


  • Relocation of Health Sciences units to NWQ will open space in their former locations for other campus uses, allowing for future space consolidation and efficiencies. This is a pivotal project, essential to the sustainable use of campus space.


Health Sciences Renovation – location in Northwest Quadrant on UW-Milwaukee Campus









Health Sciences Renovation in Northwest Quadrant

The project comprehensively renovates 224,119 GSF and selectively renovates an additional 107,671 GSF throughout Northwest Quadrant buildings B, C, and D. The funding request is $180,679,000 GFSB total project budget.

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