Major Donation Launches New Building for UW-Madison School of Computing and Data Science | Higher Education


An interior rendering of a new building for the School of Computer, Data and Information Sciences.

UW-Madison has secured a large donation to start construction of a new campus building that officials say will further consolidate the city as a growing tech hub.

The recently launched School of Computing, Data and Information Studies will have a permanent home at the corner of Orchard and University Avenue, officials said on Friday. UW-Madison will demolish two service buildings currently there to make way for the 300,000 square foot, seven story building. The estimated price is $ 225 million, which will be fully funded by the private sector.

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Billionaires Badgers John and Tashia Morgridge donate $ 75 million for the building and pledge an additional $ 50 million in the form of a matching grant if UW-Madison itself raises $ 50 million .

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, the university’s patent licensing arm, is injecting the remaining $ 50 million. The donation is WARF’s largest single university building, according to spokesperson Jeanan Yasiri Moe.

Model of the CDIS building

A 3-D model of the proposed School of Computing, Data and Information building, which will be UW-Madison’s second privately funded building.


Construction is expected to begin in early 2023 and UW-Madison plans to open by the end of 2024. The university has set a deadline to raise $ 50 million by the end of this school year.

“A number of people thought it was just announcing a new building,” UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank said of the event in Wisconsin on Friday. Institutes for Discovery, another campus building the Morgridges helped fund. . “It’s about more than that. It’s about starting a whole new school.”

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