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Oct. 29, 2012

UWM Kicks off $75M Research Center; Bucks Extend Lease

By Adriana Pop, Associate Editor

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) broke ground on a $75 million research center on Milwaukee’s East Side that represents the university’s largest-ever investment in a single building.

Located northwest of Kenwood Blvd. and Maryland Ave., the 93,000-square-foot Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex will be anchored by the physics department and include offices, research labs and instructional space. Upon completion in early 2015, it will be the first new academic facility on the university’s main campus in more than a decade.

The new center represents the first phase of a complex that will eventually expand to a second building on the southeast corner of Kenwood Boulevard and Maryland Avenue. In August, the Wisconsin Building Commission approved $44.9 million for the project. The university now plans to ask state officials to approve $35 million for the second phase of the facility.

In other news, the BMO Harris Bradley Center has reached an agreement with the Milwaukee Bucks on a six-year lease extension through September 2017. The agreement marks the longest deal between the arena and the team in more than a decade and the first multi-year extension since 2007.

“This six-year lease extension represents a long-term commitment between the BMO Harris Bradley Center and the Bucks, offering security for the next five years as the community continues to determine its potential path to a new arena,” commented Marc Marotta, BMO Harris Bradley Center board chairman.

According to Marotta, the financial support of the Center’s revenue generators and sponsorships from Milwaukee businesses made the multi-year agreement possible. The financial terms of the lease will not change during the six-year term, the company said.

Photo credits: www4.uwm.edu

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