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MSOE Diercks Hall

Dwight and Dian Diercks Computational Science Hall is the new home to Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE)’s Computer Science students.

The 81,000-square-foot, four-story building features a 125 underground parking stalls, 256-seat auditorium, six contemporary classrooms, eight innovative teaching laboratories, 32 faculty and staff offices and 18,000 square feet of underground parking. Long-span structural steel trusses enabled the auditorium to be built column-free.

The underground parking extends beyond building footprint with a PARC system that services faculty and guests of the University. Column placement at lower level was strategic to maximize parking count while providing an economical structural system above.

The project was recognized by MMSD as a Green Luminary for its successful installment of an underground cistern and irrigation system. The underground cistern helps manage storm water and divert it from the sewerage system. Water is pumped out of the cistern and used to irrigate the green space surrounding the building. The heat generated by the supercomputer within the building will be reused for a snow-melt system for nearby sidewalks and parking lots, which reduces the need for shoveling and salt usage.

The new science hall positions MSOE at the forefront of artificial intelligence education. The next-generation technologies in the building will have an impact on all areas of MSOE’s curriculum, including the way engineers design and optimize, the way construction projects are planned and managed, the way actuaries calculate risk, and the way nurses care for patients.

GRAEF provided structural engineering, civil engineering and landscape architecture for the building as part of the design team led by Ramlow/Stein Architects. The structure was built by Mortenson Construction.

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Project Data

$35 Million Project Cost
81,000 Square Feet


GRAEF Services

Civil Engineering
Landscape Architecture
Structural Engineering


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