UWM’s new chemistry building project gets off the ground

A project 10 years in the making, UWM’s new chemistry building finally broke ground with a ceremony on Wednesday, Jan. 26, at the Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex, which is adjacent to the site of the new building.

Dignitaries including Chancellor Mark Mone, UW System President Tommy Thompson, Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley and Scott Gronert, dean of the College of Letters & Science, toasted the project with lemonade (made to “smoke” with dry ice) as an excavator outside dug the first scoop of frozen dirt on a near-zero day.

“This new facility will represent much of what the Wisconsin Idea is all about,” Thompson said. “To meet the state’s biggest and thorniest challenges and, most importantly, to equip our students with the knowledge and tools they need to succeed.”

The new four-story, 163,400-square-foot building will serve as a gateway to the STEM buildings and departments that house those subjects – science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It will include space for the nearly 5,000 UWM students who take chemistry and biochemistry classes each year.

Construction is scheduled to be completed in late 2023 or early 2024 at a cost of $118 million.