Chamberlin Hall renovation project celebrated

August 9, 2005 By Nicole Miller

Chancellor John Wiley will dedicate the newly renovated Chamberlin Hall during a two-day physics symposium there on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 12 -13. The building is the new home to the UW–Madison physics department.

Built in the early 1900s, Chamberlin Hall was gutted for renovation in 2002. Over the next few years, the building’s interior was completely reconstructed to bring the facility up to modern standards for physics research and education. The $21 million, 167,000-square-foot project was supported by Wisconsin’s General Purpose Revenue fund.

In addition to celebrating the physics department’s move from Sterling Hall, the physics symposium also marks the “World Year of Physics 2005” and “Einstein’s Miraculous Year.” The event features several physics lectures and presentations, including a family-friendly physics show entitled “The Wonders of Physics,” by UW–Madison physicist Clint Sprott. That program will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Rennebohm Auditorium and is free and open to the public. Beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Chamberlin Hall will be open for self-guided tours.

For more information on the symposium, visit or call (608) 262-4698.