University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Nursing, Signe Skott Cooper Hall

Madison, Wisconsin


Kahler Slater


University of Wisconsin Department of Facilities Development


166,500 sq.ft.

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Ranked among the nation’s top 20 nursing programs, the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Nursing lacked a true home on campus. Realizing this absence of identity would impede the school’s growth, the university decided that a dedicated center for nursing education was essential.
Working with the university, Kahler Slater designed an inviting, humanistic facility that promotes health and collaborative interdisciplinary learning experiences with the neighboring medical and pharmacy schools. The resulting design is a transformative cornerstone and includes high-tech conference rooms, research offices and active learning classrooms, which are among the largest and most technologically interactive in the state. The program integrates a realistic simulation suite, auditorium, multi-use rooms for exercise and wellness programs, and a coffee shop.
Representing one of the most innovative nursing education and research facilities in the nation, Signe Skott Cooper Hall School of Nursing supports collaboration across disciplines with its open design and large student spaces. The result introduces a new era of nursing education.

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2015 Educational Interiors Showcase

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Healthcare Facilities/Teaching Hospitals

Product suppliers specified

Movable Partitions/Walls by DIRTT
Plumbing by Kohler
Classroom Furniture by Steelcase
Multipurpose Areas Furniture by Kimball
Washroom Accessories by Bradley Corporation
Carpet by Lees
Carpet by Patcraft
Flooring by Forbo Flooring Systems
Physical-Education Flooring by Armstrong World Industries
Ceilings by Armstrong World Industries
Doors by Algoma Hardwoods
Elevators by ThyssenKrupp Access
Paint/Wallcoverings by PPG Industries
Walls/Wall Materials by Centria
Carpet by Mannington
Flooring by RBC Industries
Ceramic Tile by RBC Industries
Door Hardware by Allegion
Door Hardware by Schlage
Insulation by Dow Corning
Windows by Kawneer
Auditorium/Assembly Furniture by KI
Classroom Furniture by Haworth
Lounge Furniture by Kimball
Lounge Furniture by David Edward
Lounge Furniture by KI
Multipurpose Areas Furniture by David Edward
Multipurpose Areas Furniture by KI
Office Furniture by National Office Furniture
Office Furniture by Allsteel
Drinking Fountains by Elkay
Hand-Drying Equipment by Dyson
Washroom Fixtures by Kohler
Draperies/Blinds by MechoShade
Lockers by Legacy
Whiteboards / Markerboards / Chalkboards by Steelcase
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