University of Wisconsin – Madison Babcock Hall Dairy Plant Renovation and CDR Addition

The dairy has operated in the current plant since 1950. It has more recently fostered the Center for Dairy Research (CDR), a leading and rapidly growing research and educational institution for the dairy industry. The three-story addition and a renovated dairy wing allow for a significant expansion of the CDR’s programs and the total rebuild and modernization of the dairy plant.

The building’s sophisticated layering of interweaving volumes, planes and materials allows it to address several contradictory design challenges and goals. It integrates gracefully with Babcock Hall while providing a distinct identity for the CDR.

The building also accommodates a large program on a small site while respecting the more modest scale of the landmark Stock Pavilion building. It presents a friendly and welcoming face to Linden Drive and a humane scale all around, even though nearly all of the CDR research space is windowless because, as the CDR experts say, “daylight is the enemy of dairy.” The new entry is inflected toward a significant open space and the movement of people on this part of the campus.


Madison, WI


61,000 gross sq. ft.

Services Provided:

Structural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Plumbing Engineering, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture

Stu LaRose


Vice President | Director, Education and Worship

As part of a transition in firm leadership, Stu returned to Zimmerman to lead our Education and Worship Studio. For more than a decade, early in his career, Stu acted as a project architect and project manager on many of the firm’s most notable education projects. This includes the multiple award-winning University of Wisconsin-Mechanical Engineering addition and renovation and University of Wisconsin Fluno Center for Executive Education projects. He also completed work for several private college and university institutions as well as K-12 school districts around the state.

In addition to his early career experiences, Stu also has nearly a decade of experience as a senior facilities architect and project manager with the University of Wisconsin Office of Capital Planning and Development. In that role, Stu participated in all aspects of project development for the University of Wisconsin – from concept request through agency occupancy. He managed the delivery of more than a quarter billion dollars of constructed projects for UW including the $53 million renovation of Witte Hall, the $42 million Gordon Commons, $47 million Dejope & Leopold Residence Halls and $46 million Meat Muscle Science facility. Most recently, Stu has acted as a senior project manager for one of the area’s most active design / build firms. Stu holds a Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.