2012 in Review: Campus under construction

If it seems as though the entire campus is under construction this semester, that’s because, well, it is.

UWM’s “big build” was sparked three years ago when the state legislature approved $240 million in building bonds to expand UWM facilities. Today, six substantial projects are getting underway, with one – the downtown building that now houses the Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health – already completed and in use.

On Oct. 24, UWM will break ground on the first new academically focused building on our East Side campus in nearly two decades – the 150,000-square-foot Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex (KIRC). The groundbreaking will be at 3 p.m. in the southeast corner of Lapham Hall.

Check out the complete roster of UWM building projects below.

A new student union

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Plans continue for a significant upgrade to the student union. Last spring, 72 percent of students voted in favor of the rebuild. Representatives from the University of Wisconsin System and its Board of Regents have approved pre-design work for the project, which could be done as soon as 2018.