Chemistry instructional tower takes shape

By Prof. John Moore
Chemistry Facilities Committee

building construction
The north side of the new building is seen from the UW–Madison Botanical Garden on University Avenue.

The long-awaited, much-needed new chemistry tower, which will serve a growing population of undergraduate chemistry students, is rapidly nearing completion.

Scheduled to open in the middle of 2021, the facility is poised to support advanced learning techniques with state-of-the-art lecture rooms, modern laboratories (each with adjacent write-up rooms), a multi-purpose learning studio for interactive small-group work, an information commons (library), an advanced synthesis lab, an undergraduate research project lab, informal instruction areas, and offices and support spaces.

man standing inside of building being constructed
The new 360-seat lecture hall is being prepared with desks and seating.

When renovation of the basement, first, and second floors of the Daniels building is complete in summer 2022, the department’s facilities supporting chemistry learning will be second to none—commensurate with our traditional strong commitment to chemistry education.

Each year the Department of Chemistry teaches more than 13,000 undergraduate students from a wide array of majors. The Chemistry Building Project promises enhanced education and reduced time-to-degree for chemistry majors and students in many other degree programs such as engineering, biological sciences, and physical sciences.

Look for a more extensive feature and photo gallery in the 2021 Badger Chemist or follow our progress online.