W.M. Sprinkman Wins University of Wisconsin Dairy Facility Project
W. M. Sprinkman Corporation will be providing the process engineering for the $32 million renovation and expansion of the University of Wisconsin’s premier dairy research facility. The Wisconsin Department of Administration selected Zimmerman Architectural Studios of Milwaukee, WI as the architectural firm for UW’s Babcock Hall renovation and Center for Dairy Research (CDR) addition project. W. M. Sprinkman partnered with Zimmerman on the winning bid and will be designing and engineering the dairy processing operations for the facilities, which are slated to break ground in the summer of 2015.
CDR was established in 1986 to provide applied research, training and support for the dairy industry. It provides research and development advice and testing, and short courses for dairy manufacturers and cheese makers. It is also home to the Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker program. With CDR’s help, Wisconsin cheese makers produce almost half of the specialty cheese made in the United States. They also won 60 percent of the 2011 U.S. Championship Cheese Contest awards.
World-class training ground
Wisconsin’s CDR impresses as a research and development center, as cheesemakers from the tiniest factories to the biggest conglomerates show up with products to be tested, fixed and researched. The CDR is often referred to as “the research arm of the Wisconsin dairy industry.”
The new plans include rebuilding the Babcock Hall Dairy Plant and moving the CDR to a new three-story, 37,000-square-foot facility attached to Babcock Hall. The $32 million cost is being covered equally by state funding and private donations, and construction is projected to be finished by late 2017 or early 2018.
The new facility will include new labs and teaching facilities, and the rebuilt dairy plant will have the latest equipment. Planners expect it will attract more of the world’s best researchers and cement its status as the best in the country.
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