Incubator Space | Innovation Campus | Wauwatosa, WI
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 WisconsinMilwaukee (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.
construction waste recycled or diverted from landfills
less water usage than a typical office
less energy usage than typical laboratories
produced per year by photovoltaic array, 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 recycled content
of new wood is FSC certified
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.