Inside UW-Madison’s new Chemistry Tower: modern labs, study spaces and a ‘library of the future’

Posted on Feb 11, 2022 by Education

Goodbye, crowded chemistry labs. So long to space crunches so severe that some 20% of UW-Madison students took introductory organic chemistry at a different university.


UW-Madison opened its gleaming nine-story Chemistry Tower to students this semester after months of construction delays. The new building at 1101 University Ave. will ease enrollment bottlenecks that have plagued the department for decades.


More than 7,000 students will take at least one chemistry class this semester alone. The new tower offers modern lab and learning spaces, a dramatic upgrade from the previous spaces designed in a computer-less era with different safety standards and lab equipment.

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