The new School of Computer, Data & Information Sciences (CDIS) building is intended to be a lighthouse for innovation. The project will enable stakeholders to collaborate, teach and discover at the intersection of technology and humanity. By co-locating the departments of Computer Sciences and Statistics, and the Information School together with the American Family Insurance Data Science Institute under one roof, the new CDIS building will be a destination for industry partnerships, foster K-12 outreach and expand programmatic and research relationships on campus.
The building is organized to enable three key ecosystems to flourish together—a Research Ecosystem, a Learning Ecosystem, and a Student Ecosystem. A flexible community space, connected across several levels of the building, creates visual and physical connections. This space is punctuated by collaboration spaces and specialty research spaces to promote connection and to celebrate the research life. The design is intended to facilitate intellectual collisions—across Departments and campus, between faculty and students, and across the institutional boundary—that underlie the CDIS mission.
The building will strengthen ties to the campus and will promote innovation and new connections in Wisconsin and beyond. Kahler Slater is serving as Architect of Record in association with LMN Architects.