Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery


Wisconsin Alumni and Research Foundation (WARF)


Madison, Wisconsin


325,000 SF



The Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, located on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, is a visionary public-private partnership housing twin interdisciplinary research institutes: the private Morgridge Institute for Research and the public Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. These twin institutes are dedicated to improving human health by accelerating scientific discovery through an interdisciplinary collaboration of scientists working in the fields of biotechnology, engineering, computer science and nanotechnology.

WID was the first laboratory building in Wisconsin to achieve LEED Gold certification.

Designed in collaboration with Ballinger.


  • Research & Development Magazine Laboratory of the Year
  • U.S. Green Building Council Innovation in Green Building Award
  • AIA Wisconsin Merit Award
  • Construction Owners Association of America Project Leadership Award – Gold
  • InBusiness Commercial Design Award – Best New Development or Renovation, Best Green-Built Project, Best Overall Building
  • Madison Trust for Historic Preservation Award, Future Landmark Award for Innovative New Design
  • Wisconsin Masonry Alliance Excellence in Hardscape, Commercial Natural Stone Projects Best Natural Stone Commercial Application – Gold
  • Pro AVA Spotlight Award, Best Education AV Project
  • Wisconsin Commercial Real Estate Women Impact Award, Judge’s Choice
  • ASID Wisconsin Design Excellence Award, Educational – Platinum