Marquette officially moved into its space on the sixth floor of the Global Water Center on Thursday, Jan. 28, marking the university’s first permanent off-campus research space in its history. The campus community, GWC tenants and members of the Milwaukee business community, celebrated the occasion with an open house event at the Walker’s Point facility.
“Today is really a great day for Marquette University,” President Michael R. Lovell said in a presentation at the event. “When you think about what the vision for this building is, it positions Milwaukee to be one of the international leaders in water technology and development. Our faculty and students are going to benefit immensely – the talents at our university are going to be helping to solve the world’s water problems.”
“Our presence in the Global Water Center and the projects we’ll be engaged in are strategically aligned with who we are as an institution,” said Dr. Jeanne Hossenlopp, vice president for research and innovation. “If you look at the university’s Strategic Plan, the work at the GWC fits squarely within the goal themes of Research in Action, Pursuit of Academic Excellence for Human Well-being and Social Responsibility through Community Engagement.”
Emceed by Hossenlopp, the event also featured remarks by Dean Amhaus, president and CEO of the Water Council, which operates the GWC; Dr. Daniel Zitomer, professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of Marquette’s Water Quality Center; and Rich Meeusen, chairman and CEO of Badger Meter. The space was blessed by Rev. Edward Mathie, S.J., interim vice president for mission and ministry.
President Lovell first announced Marquette would be the final tenant in the 100,000-square-foot, seven-story building in his first Presidential Address just over a year ago. Marquette has approximately 8,000 assignable square feet of space on the sixth floor, plus access to common space on that floor and within the building. The program for the space will include flexible lab areas, core facilities to support research, offices and open work stations, and collaboration and conferencing space.
The university recently announced the first cohort of Marquette projects that will soon be working in the new space.