UW-Milwaukee architectural students exhibit freshwater innovation design clusters

UW-Milwaukee architectural students exhibit freshwater innovation design clusters

UW-Milwaukee SARUP Spancrete Studio wraps up six successful program year.

Graduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning recently exhibited their final freshwater innovation design clusters for review to school faculty members, industry leaders, professional architects and the building community. The clusters were a part of a three-year design project aimed at developing innovative ways to conserve water and energy by grouping organizations of various backgrounds near one another in urban environments.

Students designed the projects at the Spancrete® Studio, an architectural design studio that was granted to the UWM School of Architecture and Urban Planning by Spancrete® six years ago. Each student team created one of five different building concepts designed for development in Milwaukee’s Fifth Ward and to be built with precast/prestressed concrete. The concepts included an intermodal station, a bike armory, an athletic facility, an educatorium, and an executive education center.

Gil Snyder, Associate Dean of Architecture and Urban Planning, says the Spancrete® Studio program is great for teaching students advanced thinking and problem-solving skills. “The Spancrete® Studio is the first of its kind in architectural schools, and it really allows students to see how far they can push the limits of architectural design. The program has been such a success that we are now working with the Precast / Prestressed Concrete Institute and have created similar studios across the country.”

“Every year, students using the Spancrete® Studio at UWM take advantage of advancements in technology and the guidance and critique of our building engineers,” says Spancrete® sales associate Clinton Krell. “And every year the students’ projects get better and better.”