UW Green Bay STEM

  • Location: Green Bay, WI
  • Architect: Somerville, Inc.
  • Client: UW Green Bay, Brown County, and UWGB Foundation

Project Highlights

  • Shared facility: University of Wisconsin, Brown County, and UWGB Foundation
  • Labs, offices, and classrooms
  • Combined structural systems include concrete and steel


Built on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus, the Brown County STEM Innovation Center is a collaborative, multi-tenant classroom, office, and laboratory building. The new two-story, 63,000 square foot facility was funded by the State of Wisconsin, Brown County, and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Foundation. Program areas in the facility include classroom, office, lab, and warehouse space and the new home to the University’s Mechanical Engineering Department. Flexible classroom spaces can easily be reconfigured using sliding door and wall partition systems. The first floor is slab-on-grade construction. Second floor structural systems include a concrete slab-on-metal form deck supported on composite steel beams, girders, and steel columns with some load-bearing precast wall panels. Exterior walls around the warehouse space are insulated precast concrete bearing walls with remaining exterior walls being non-load-bearing light-gage steel stud construction and glazing systems. The lateral load resisting system is a blend of precast/masonry shear walls and structural steel braced frames.