Marquette University will officially celebrate the grand opening of its space on the sixth floor of the Global Water Center on Thursday, Jan. 28, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., with a reception and open house. The center is located at 247 Freshwater Way in Milwaukee’s historic Walker’s Point neighborhood.
The event will feature brief remarks from President Michael R. Lovell at 4 p.m., a blessing of the space by Rev. Edward Mathie, S.J., interim vice president for mission and ministry, as well as self-guided tours and an opportunity to speak with the first cohort of Marquette researchers who will be working in the laboratories.
Online registration is required for this free event. Complimentary on-site valet parking and transportation from campus are available. Shuttles will depart to the Global Water Center from the east side of the Alumni Memorial Union beginning at 3:15 p.m. and continue to loop every 15 minutes. The last shuttle will leave the Global Water Center at 5:15 p.m.
President Lovell in his first presidential address last year announced that Marquette would occupy the final space in the 100,000-square-foot, seven-story building, which houses water-related research facilities for universities, existing water-related companies and accelerator space for emerging companies. Marquette’s approximately 8,000 square feet on the sixth floor includes flexible lab areas, core facilities to support research, offices and open work stations, and collaboration and conferencing space.
Following are brief descriptions of the first group of Marquette projects that will soon be underway at the Global Water Center:
- Marquette engineers are collaborating with CH2M and OxyMem to test membrane aerated biofilm reactors for wastewater treatment.
- CH2M’s Milwaukee Water Business Group will be holding a Water Resources seminar series and providing mentoring for Marquette students and faculty and other Global Water Center tenants.
- Marquette engineers are collaborating with NanoAffix and the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District on use of biochars for wastewater treatment.
- A Marquette engineering student senior design project is collaborating with a Milwaukee nonprofit engineering consultant, Reflo, to expand a rainwater harvesting system capable of storing an appropriate volume at The Guest House of Milwaukee, a local homeless shelter.
- Mathematics, statistics and computer science faculty are fostering academic-industrial collaboration, instruction and research in “big data,” with an emphasis on datasets garnered from the water sector. Potential collaborations with A.O. Smith and researchers from UWM have been discussed.
- A student team from physics, mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering are exploring an electrochemical desalination system to produce potable water for human consumption from salinity sources.
- Xylem/Sanitaire will collaborate with Marquette and other Global Water Center occupants and consult on wastewater treatment processes.
- The Haggerty Museum of Art is working with internationally renowned artist Mary Miss to establish a HUB space at the Global Water Center to research. The project team is working toward the implementation of the city-wide public art project titled WATERMARKS: An Atlas of Water and the City of Milwaukee.
- A Marquette engineering team is studying sustainable treatment of wastewater biosolids via catalytic pyrolysis.
- Faculty from biological sciences and the College of Education will explore science policy and public engagement in Kewaunee County regarding water quality concerns over local contamination due to concentrated agricultural feeding operations.
- The Marquette Law School Water Law and Policy Initiative will use the space to work on creating and evaluating a menu of options for policymakers to address high chloride concentrations in area waterways caused by the excess application of salt for winter deicing, in combination with other sources, as well as enhancing collaboration on other water policy and law topics.
- A multidisciplinary team from chemistry, biology and environmental engineering will develop novel green and sustainable methods to synthesize high performance nanoparticle materials for industry applications.
- An engineering team will develop an advanced high-rate wet-weather treatment process for sewer overflows due to heavy rainfall.