After years of planning and fundraising, the UW-Madison community joined faculty, students and alumni to help celebrate the start of construction of the Jun and Sandra Lee Wisconsin Structures and Materials Testing Laboratory. The new lab will help strengthen structural engineering teaching and research at UW-Madison and create new opportunities for those both on and off campus.

Hosted by the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, the groundbreaking ceremony took place at the construction site between Engineering Hall and the McClain Center. The event featured speakers, including UW alumnus Dr. Jun Lee, PhD. Lee and his wife Sandra were major donors during the fundraising efforts for the new lab, donating $1,000,000 of the $3,200,000 needed for construction. The new lab will bear their name.

The 2,000 square foot addition will provide a specially constructed high-strength floor and multi-story posttensioned reaction wall with grid high-strength anchors, overhead crane, and access to the exterior that will allow for testing of structural components up to 40’ in length. The new lab will allow researchers to carry out physical experimentation and give students an opportunity to gain a better understanding of building projects. This ability to physically test (rather than rely on computer simulators) is an important aspect in making UW-Madison a leader in structural engineering.

The new addition is being built by Vogel Bros. Building Co. and is expected to be completed by May 2018.