In the space where the Mechanical Engineering Building’s old “Sawtooth” structure used to be, workers are currently constructing the floors of a new five-story addition. When the addition is finished next summer, faculty, staff and students will move into it from the current Mechanical Engineering Building. Renovation of the existing building will then begin and is slated for completion in 2007.
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3M Foundation makes $1.6 million gift
to MEIE Building Project
he 3M Foundation, the charitable arm of 3M, has announced a $1.6 million gift toward the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Building Project. The gift will take the form of $1.4 million in cash and $200,000 in 3M multimedia projectors for the building. In recognition of the contribution, the university will name the main lecture hall The 3M Auditorium.
“This generous gift to the College of Engineering reflects 3M’s commitment to innovation,” says Dean Paul Peercy. “The new Mechanical Engineering Building will have the facilities and resources to conduct research and educate engineers in a new age of discovery.”
The original Mechanical Engineering Building was constructed in 1930 around a machine shop, “the Sawtooth.” To create a facility for 21st century engineering in the pre-World War II building, the university has demolished the Sawtooth structure and is replacing it with a new, five-story addition. The rest of the existing ME building will also be completely renovated.
“This project at UW-Madison is in keeping with our tradition of giving, which targets science, engineering and business education—disciplines important to society and technology companies like 3M,” said Barbara Kaufmann of 3M. “Facilities are one part of the education experience, and we are pleased to support this endeavor, which will advance teaching and learning opportunities for faculty and students.”
The 3M Auditorium will be a 3,045-square-foot lecture hall with 149 seats. It will feature multimedia and will be capable of originating and receiving satellite video transmissions. The 3M Auditorium will be used for classes and college-wide meetings, seminars and other functions.
This gift is part of the UW Foundation’s Create the Future: The Wisconsin Campaign.