The University of Wisconsin-Platteville opened the $55 million Sesquicentennial Hall in September of 2022. Designed by BWBR Architects, the 99,200-sf building provides collaborative learning and research facilities for programs in engineering, computer science, and sustainable and renewable energy systems (SRES). Featuring a 20,000-sf maker space called the Huff Family Innovation Center, the interdisciplinary structure offers five cross-functional teaching labs, two active learning classrooms, a traditional lecture classroom, design studios, capstone project rooms, and undergraduate research labs. The development also houses administrative and faculty offices, conference rooms, study spaces, a collaborative staircase, a café, and an accessible green roof.
Physically adjoining the existing Busby Hall of Engineering, the addition acts as a teaching tool with exposed infrastructure and intelligent building systems. Delivered by Miron Construction for a contract value of $28.1 million, the sustainably designed facility is expected to achieve LEED certification. Ground was broken on the project in November of 2020.