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State of Wisconsin; University of Wisconsin Board of Regents


Zimmerman Design Group; Hellmuth Obata + Kassabaum

Boldt Role:

Construction Manager-at-risk ILPD

Key Points:

The project recycling rate goal was 60 percent. The actual recycling rate reached 87 percent. Recycled construction materials included: concrete, asphalt, stone/brick, wood, metal, cardboard/paper, cans and bottles. Collaborative space will expand to 700,900 sq. ft. to meet the needs of the growing medical research program in Phase II.

State of Wisconsin; University of Wisconsin Board of Regents

Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research - East Tower

Madison, WI

The first of many planned building projects for the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health's medical research arm, this eight-story, 437,600 sq. ft. facility represents a watershed in cancer research and imaging radiation.

Designed by Zimmerman Design Group and Hellmuth Obata + Kassabaum, Phase I's state-of-the-art features include cast-in-place concrete construction, a rooftop healing garden and recycled material content that includes concrete, asphalt, stone, brick, wood, and even cans and bottles.

As construction manager-at-risk, our goal was to verify constructability well in advance. We provided analysis and value engineering, using 3D modeling to coordinate mechanical systems, develop effective sequencing processes and resolve key concerns before they would become costly issues.

The Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research projects are using Boldt’s Integrated Lean Project Delivery® process to streamline construction schedules, while still allowing for scope changes to the tower’s floors as their final uses are decided throughout the construction process. This flexibility is important to the project’s success because it allows the university to customize each tower floor in reaction to fundraising progress, changes in scientific needs and tower tenants as they sign on.