Viets Residence Tower – Milwaukee School of Engineering


Milwaukee School of Engineering


Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Project size

156,000 SF


Fall, 2021

The Roy W. Johnson Residence Hall, centrally located on MSOE’s campus, is currently undergoing a complete renovation and expansion to become a Living-Learning Community (LLC) with modernized, flexible living and learning spaces designed to serve the diverse needs of students and function as an extension of the classroom. The vision for this new LLC is to encourage academic success and give students with similar academic, social and personal interests the opportunity to live together, collaborate and share experiences.

The 13-Story tower, built-in 1965, currently houses 450 students. 48 rooms will be added, increasing the capacity by 20%. Two-story, glass-enclosed, collaboration hubs will be added to the southern façade, providing beautiful views overlooking the city skyline, creating dynamic “affinity houses” and allowing the University to group floors by degree or interest, promoting student collaboration. The ground floor will be accessible to all MSOE students and feature dedicated workspaces, classrooms, private study areas, and collaboration hubs to facilitate group work and support interdisciplinary projects.

Once the work is complete, the building will be renamed the Hermann Viets Residence Tower in honor of the late Dr. Hermann Viets, MSOE’s fourth president.