Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF)
WARF manages the Town Center at the UW–Madison Discovery Building. Conceived as a vibrant gathering place, the Town Center welcomes campus and community members of all ages and from all walks of life for educational and cultural programming, high-profile special events, scientific conferences and more. A robust science outreach program offers opportunities for visitors young and old to experience the vibrancy of UW–Madison science and reaches tens of thousands of community members annually.
Located in the heart of the UW–Madison campus, on the 1300 block of University Avenue, the Discovery Building is within easy walking distance of schools and colleges essential to the scientific research that takes place in the building and also is conveniently located near campus parking lots, bus stops and bike paths.
As a gateway to campus for the public, the building is home to teaching labs, designed as "dream" collaborative learning environments. The labs host a wide range of education programs for K-12 and college students, science teachers and the public.
The Town Center on the ground floor serves as an engaging destination for discovery with stunning physical features such as water walls, a garden featuring plants that date to the dinosaur age and hands-on discovery niches for self-guided scientific exploration.
The ground floor also includes a restaurant and bakery/coffee bar; breakout rooms for meetings and outreach events; and a round forum in the center, designed for flexible use.