Alverno College Plans March Start for $30M Expansion and Renovation

Alverno College is planning a $30 million expansion and renovation of its campus at 3400 S. 43rd Street on the south side of Milwaukee. Construction on the project, which will bring the most significant enhancement in the institution’s 126-year history, is expected to begin in March.

by Adriana Pop, Associate Editor

Alverno College plans a March groundbreaking for a $30 million expansion and renovation that officials say will be the most significant in the history of the 126-year-old women’s college.

According to BizTimes, plans for the campus on Milwaukee’s south side, where Alverno has been located since 1952, call for a three-story, 50,000-square-foot facility; a 13,500-square-foot building addition and renovation of 125,000 square feet.

When complete in 2015, the project will add nine high-tech classrooms, a high-fidelity nursing simulation center, an expanded commons, an adjacent student service center and an art education suite. The conference center in the Sister Joel Read Center will be expanded and renamed the Bucyrus Conference Center in recognition of a gift from the Bucyrus Foundation.

“We’ve grown into one of the largest women’s colleges in the country and employers look to Alverno to develop the female leaders of tomorrow,” Mary Beth Berkes, chair of the Alverno College Board of Trustees, said in statement. “For this reason and more, our facilities need to be as innovative as our curriculum.”

Milwaukee-based Uihlein Wilson Architects is the project’s designer, while J.H. Findorff & Son Inc. is the construction manager.

A fundraising campaign has yielded $27 million of the project’s $30 million cost since 2011. Alverno expects to raise the remaining funds from alumnni and other supporters.

Rendering: Alverno College