UWM holds groundbreaking ceremony for new chemistry building

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Updated: 6:35 p.m. on Jan. 26, 2022

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A new construction project started Wednesday on the UW-Milwaukee campus.

They held a groundbreaking for the university's new chemistry lab.

With frigid temperatures outside, the ceremony was held indoors as a bulldozer lifted the first scoop of dirt. 

Soon, the new four-story, state-of-the-art building will rise along Kenwood Boulevard. 

The chemistry building will be a gateway to UWM's STEM facilities and it will replace a chemistry building that flooded recently.

"So today, no more flooding of chemistry buildings," said UW System President Tommy Thompson. "No more being voted the worst building. Now we're gonna be voted the best building, the best opportunity for students."

"When you have a world-class facility that's top-tier and brings that learning environment, we have the opportunity to bring top-tier talent right here to Milwaukee County, to the University of Milwaukee," said Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley. 

The new chemistry building should be finished either late next year or early in 2024.


Posted: 4:02 p.m. on Jan. 24, 2022

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Groundbreaking is set for Wednesday, Jan. 26 at UW-Milwaukee, for the school's new chemistry building. 

Renderings show what the four-story building will look like.

It will stand next to the research complex on Kenwood Avenue, and it should be finished by late 2023 or early 2024 at a cost of $118-million.

The building will have enough space for the almost 2,500 UWM students who take chemistry and biochemistry classes every year.


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