Strategic Vision / Master Planning / Programming / Architecture / Interior Design
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Thinking About the
Next Fifty Years
Fifty years ago, the vision for UW-Parkside was that of “research corridors and bustling student centers; the beginning of a cultural and learning center; a place where ideas are born, challenged, and changed. And, a place where tens of thousands of people would come to enrich their minds, brighten their futures and change their lives.”
Today, UW Parkside is embarking on the next fifty years with a significant investment in the renovation and updating of Wyllie Hall, a “key learning environment” for the campus community. In addition to improving mechanical, electric, and plumbing infrastructure, and modernizing technology in this 48 year old building is a high priority.
UWP’s emphasis in inclusive placemaking is perfectly aligned with Workshop’s expertise. Applying our current understanding of community spaces and belonging to the mid-century architecture with historic significance in a respectful, forward-thinking approach is of the utmost importance. This magnificent project focuses on student success by normalizing academic support, maximizing gathering space while also provides opportunities for private study, expanding student access to daylight and natural views to the university’s park-like setting, clarifying wayfinding, and improving operational efficiencies. With the highest percentage of first generation and non-traditional students of all the universities in the UW System, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside is well positioned to continue its commitment to high-quality educational programs, creative and scholarly activities, and services responsive to its diverse student population, and its local, national and global communities.