UW–Madison to break ground Tuesday for School of Computer, Data & Information Services   

UW–Madison will break ground Tuesday on the site for a $260 million new school, the School of Computer, Data & Information Sciences (CDIS), according to an announcement on the university’s website. 

Key figures in the school and building’s creation — including Gov. Tony Evers, benefactors Tashia and John Morgridge, and leaders from the UW System and UW–Madison — will turn the first ceremonial shovels of earth during an event on the construction site at 1240 W. Johnson St.  

CDIS will bring together the Computer Sciences and Statistics departments as well as the Information School, and it will provide a new home for related campus partners, such as the UW School of Medicine and Public Health’s Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, to strengthen cross-disciplinary connections.  

The building will be 350,000 square feet and seven stories; it will include flexible classroom space, as many as 1,100 seats, and a learning center. More than one-quarter of the site will be covered with planted areas, including a courtyard, terraces, and green roofs. The building plans to reduce water use 35% beyond federal standards, and it will have rooftop solar panels and a solar trellis. It is expected to be completed in 2025.