Klein and KBS Construction donate $250,000 to UWM’s Innovation Campus

Just as construction kicks off on the first building at Innovation Campus this week, Michael R. Lovell, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), today announced a $250,000 gift from Dennis Klein and KBS Construction that will help grow the university’s novel research park.

Innovation Campus, a place where business and industry meet academic research to launch intellectual property for the new century, is adjacent to the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center to allow collaboration among industry, research and medicine.

“I think Innovation Campus is one of the most exciting things to happen in the Milwaukee market in years,” says Klein, chairman of KBS and a UWM alumnus. “I do not know if we can ever rival UW-Madison’s Research Park, but this is a huge step in the right direction and KBS is proud to be a part of it.”

“Through their support, Dennis and KBS Construction have demonstrated that they share our belief that Innovation Campus will make the maximum impact on this region,” said Lovell. “On behalf of our university, I offer my deep thanks for their contribution.”

Innovation Campus not only offers technology transfer and business incubation services, but incorporates the university’s academic research enterprise directly into the development of a private-sector park. This powerful combination of industry, academia and nonprofit research organizations working in true partnership at the same location will attract industry to the region and stimulate new “spinout” companies.

In addition to work on the university’s Innovation Accelerator building, funded in part by a $5.4 million federal grant, construction of the regional headquarters of ABB Inc., the first private development at the site, is also under way.

ABB and developer Zilber Property Group announced in January plans to develop a 95,000-square-foot building at Innovation Campus. Slated to be completed next year, the building will house 350 employees, including 100 engineers and scientists.

Construction has begun on the UWM Innovation Accelerator Building