UW-Milwaukee Capital Budget Priority 1: Health Sciences Renovation 

  • Former hospital complex (7 buildings/1 million SF) purchased by UWM/UW System in 2010. 
  • $96.4M invested to date for exterior, infrastructure, and interior renovations. 
  • 23-25 scope will complete renovation of Buildings B, C, & D, make Health Science location consolidation possible, and increase enrollment capacity. 

The 23-25 scope builds from the previous enumeration which addressed only a portion of the project scope – not enough to realize UWM’s ultimate goals of attaining Health Sciences unit adjacencies, nor support an increase in Health Sciences enrollment capacity. This project will complete the renovation of Buildings C, B & D and make possible the consolidation of five Health Sciences locations now located across the main campus. Co-location will enhance student experience and maximize department synergies that can only come with adjacency.

This is the last major project needed to fully utilize NWQ Buildings B, C, & D, and it provides the most cost-effective path to complete this massive project. Subsequent Health Sciences unit moves to NWQ will open up campus spaces for other departments. This is a pivotal project essential to the sustainable use of campus space.

UWM Health Sciences enrolls about 2,000 students annually; enrollment has doubled over the past twenty years. In 2021, freshman enrollment increased by 28.9% (with a similar increase in class diversity) and transfers increased by 34.4%. Health Sciences enrollment has grown over 120% since 2000, plateauing because of classroom-size restrictions. 

  • Healthcare Talent for the State: Wisconsin’s healthcare professionals are in greater demand than ever. The project will increase student capacity 10-15%. 
  • High Demand Careers: Health Sciences graduates have a placement rate of over 98% within 1 year of graduation; U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates job growth ranging from 7-25% over the next decade. These jobs directly help grow Wisconsin’s economy. 
  • Largest Number of Healthcare Degrees: UWM’s Health Sciences programs offers the most healthcare degrees in Wisconsin, complimented by more than 600 local health business partnerships that provide clinical opportunities to students. 
  • Faster Path to Graduation: improved, interdisciplinary education facilities will provide a faster path to graduation; a new multidisciplinary simulation center will give students a head-start in their careers.