University of Wisconsin—Madison, Biochemistry/NMR Facility

Madison, Wisconsin

  • FIRM

    Flad Architects


    University of Wisconsin/State of Wisconsin--Department of Facilities Development

  • AREA

    198,000 sq.ft.





The new University of Wisconsin Biochemistry/NMR Facility accommodates the activities of this prominent department within 198,000 square feet of space, housing up to 288 researchers in 23 laboratory groups. The building also contains a 21,780-square-foot National Magnetic Resource Facility, one of only two facilities of its size in the nation. Major researcher goals for ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY450COST PER SQ FT$179.53FEATURED IN1999 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLaboratories project were to provide modern laboratory space and encourage future recruiting of faculty and students.

The need for quiet retreats to facilitate productive writing and thinking is addressed by the layout of the faculty offices and student desks. Faculty offices are at the building perimeter and organized into suites, each housing two or three offices, a secretarial space and a small meeting room. The suites provide for dedicated access and communication between each faculty member and the researchers in his or her adjacent laboratory, while allowing external distractions to be screened.

Within the labs, researcher desks are placed near windows along the building exterior, away from the lab traffic pattern. Researcher interaction occurs around two skylit atriums.

Photographer: ©Christopher Barrett/Hedrich-Blessing