UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE
Incubator Space | Innovation Campus | Wauwatosa, WI
A SUSTAINABLE CASE STUDY
Bringing Research and Industry Together
In 2011, the Economic Development Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce,
awarded a grant to the City of Wauwatosa and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Real Estate
Foundation to construct the first building on Innovation Campus – the University of Wisconsin-
Milwaukee (UWM) Innovation Accelerator. This building was conceived as a place where business
and industry meets academic research to launch intellectual property for the new century.
In addition to creating synergies among research and business partners through design, the UWM Real Estate
Foundation set out to establish a sustainable benchmark for the new research park. As the first building
constructed within, the Innovation Accelerator features a long list of sustainable attributes.
Site Development 82%
• Stormwater management reduces runoff and
construction waste recycled or diverted
erosion by capturing and filtering stormwater from landfills
before it is released back into the ground
water system. 31%
• An extensive green roof tray system captures
stormwater and provides a habitat for local less water usage than a typical office
insects and birds.
• Bicycle racks and a shower/changing room less energy usage than
encourages employees to bike to work.
• Preferred parking stalls reserved for low 30,000 kWh
emitting/fuel efficient vehicles and those produced per year by photovoltaic array,
who carpool. enough to power three homes for a year
of materials came from sources within
500 miles of the project
of materials contain high levels of
of new wood is FSC certified
Clean Room Lab Space
• High efficiency condensing domestic hot water
heaters and boilers with variable speed drives
intelligently save energy.
• Energy recovery units, variable frequency
drives, evaporative cooling, adiabatic
evaporative humidifiers and innovative
laboratory exhaust fan systems are utilized
creatively to maximize performance and
minimize energy use.
• Zero use of CFC-based refrigerants in all
heating, ventilating, air conditioning and
refrigeration equipment. The refrigerants used
in the equipment were chosen for their low
emissions of compounds that contribute to
ozone depletion and global climate change.
• Additional power needs are fulfilled by green
power purchased from the local utility.
Comfort and Health
• A green cleaning policy is enacted to protect
the building occupants and janitorial staff from
exposure to harmful chemicals commonly used
in cleaning products.
Lobby Featuring Recycled Materials and Daylighting
SYSTEMS WORKING IN TANDEM
A sustainable project is more than simply a collection of green features. It begins with a team approach to
identify sustainable feature synergies – both passive and active – to create a network of systems independent
from one another but working together for greater impact.
Full building Photovoltaic panels Heat recovery chiller captures
produce enough clean waste heat from the exhaust air
exhaust fan electricity to power three stream and puts it back into the
provides safety homes for a year hot water heating system
to occupants Minimal LED site Building envelope, sun
lighting reduces shades and insulated glass
light pollution while prevent heat loss and gain
creating a safe and
Habitat Restoration Water conservation Interior materials
Innovation Campus plans include strong efforts through high efficiency including composite
to limit its construction footprint on the adjacent toilets, urinals and low wood, carpet,
monarch butterfly sanctuary. UWM faculty and flow faucets and flooring, paints,
students worked closely with experts in the shower heads adhesives and
environmental community to manage the habitat sealants emit low
where many monarch butterflies roost during VOC levels
migration. The site plan now includes more than
eleven acres of undisturbed habitat.