The Wisconsin School of Business is comprised of two state-of-the-art buildings – Grainger Hall and the Fluno Center for Executive Education – both designed to foster interaction and collaboration among students, participants, alumni and friends of every age and experience level.
Grainger Hall first opened in 1993.
A new $40.5 million east wing of Grainger Hall opened in Fall 2008 to house the Wisconsin MBA, Evening MBA and Executive MBA programs. The addition was designed specifically for the career specialization model of the Wisconsin MBA and to accomodate growing interest from working professionals. It offers enhanced space for networking, team meetings, center space, advising and mentoring.
Grainger Hall was built to meet or exceed standards for sustainability. Special features include: no net gain in storm-water runoff, high-efficiency building systems, use of recycled materials and incorporating daylight into more than 90 percent of the new space. It provides student-friendly gathering spaces and common areas, and incorporates new technology.
During the grand opening of the new wing of Grainger Hall, Past Dean Michael Knetter said, the enhanced space will “strengthen the already strong community we have among our students, faculty and staff, alumni and other leaders in business.”
The original section of the building has been freed up for a variety of uses, including to centralize undergraduate services and programs and provide much-needed space for the PhD program.
The addition was possible due to a $20 million gift from The Grainger Foundation. Classrooms in the building were made possible by a gift from Jeffrey J. Diermeier, BBA ’74, MBA ’75, and Julie Diermeier. Daniel Huber, BBA ’58, and Pat Huber, provided a gift for a new undergraduate computer lab. Additional gift funds and $10 million in general fund-supported borrowing complete the project budget.