Transforming a former hospital campus into an interdisciplinary academic district

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Northwest Quadrant Renovation & Student Health Services

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The State of Wisconsin hired Kahler Slater to plan and design a very complex, phased renovation of the former Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital campus and transform the space into an interdisciplinary academic district. The project scope renovates several buildings to create space for the College of Nursing, College of Health Sciences, School of Information Studies, UITS, and Student Health Services. 

The facilities for the College of Nursing will include a high-fidelity simulation center and clinical instructional laboratories. The College of Health Sciences will include instructional laboratories as well as research, clinic and outreach spaces. Students will focus on the science of the human movement from a foundation of biomechanics, exercise physiology and motor development. The labs will provide state-of-the-art equipment allowing for hands-on experiential learning and refined skills development. A new Student Health Services clinic will replace the existing Norris Health Center and provide additional capacity to serve students’ physical and mental health needs. 

Previously, the College of Nursing engaged Kahler Slater to provide a comprehensive study for their Center for Healthcare Transformation and Simulation Center. The study includes a full program statement, benchmarking studies, utilization analysis, cost estimates and a detailed project schedule.