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Construction Begins on WSB Learning Commons

By Betsy Lundgren

September 11, 2017

Dean Massey, Ed Van Gemert, Sarah Mangelsdorf, and Steve Cramer standing over blueprints
Dean Massey celebrates the start of Learning Commons construction with Ed Van Gemert, Vice Provost for Libraries; Sarah Mangelsdorf, Provost; and Steve Cramer, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning. PHOTO: BRUCE FRITZ

Construction has begun for the Wisconsin School of Business’s Learning Commons, an innovative new space that will transform the School’s interior—creating new active learning classrooms, reimagining the Business Library with more flexible spaces for collaboration and study, and building state-of-the art computer labs that meet the needs of today’s students.

A collaboration between the Wisconsin School of Business, the University of Wisconsin–Madison General Library System, and campus Facilities Planning & Management, the donor-funded project is estimated to reach completion in Spring 2018.

A construction worker lays building material inside Grainger Hall
The crew from Miron Construction begin laying material as part of the Learning Commons renovation. PHOTO: PAUL L. NEWBY II
Three construction workers build temporary walls during the Learning Commons renovation
Grainger Hall undergoes a major transformation as a team from Miron Construction begin work on the Learning Commons. PHOTO: PAUL L. NEWBY II