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UW-Madison Discovery Building

State of Wisconsin, Madison, WI



Madison, WI


Mortenson/Findorff Joint Venture






Generator system & medium voltage distribution

Photo Credit: University of Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery building is a one-of-a-kind structure in the heart of the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. The building is designed for elite research scientists to collaborate and work side-by-side in two interdisciplinary institutes under one roof: the private Morgridge Institute for Research and the public Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. 

The scope of the electrical work included a generator system, medium voltage distribution, bus duct, low voltage distribution; voice, data and fiber optic cabling; a cable tray system, a fire alarm system, AV infrastructure, a clock system, and access control. This project was unique in that Westphal & Company., Inc. performed this work in a variety of areas: offices, conference rooms, laboratories, food service areas, clean rooms, and indoor water features, a vivarium, and an arboretum. Successful completion of this project required constant, high-level collaboration between the owners, engineers, architects, and construction teams. Westphal & Co. aided in collaboration by providing precise BIM modeling and a talented workforce to execute the installations.