Hufcor’s interior glass walls and partitions allow natural light to flood an interior space while providing space flexibility.

Wisconsin Institute for Discovery

Hufcor was part of the project team to plan, manufacture and install the glass and operable panels that open and divide the facilities at this research and learning institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Case Study Details

Case Study Name

Wisconsin Institute of Discovery


Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Design/Build Partner

Ballinger, Philadelphia
Uihlein Wilson Architects, Milwaukee
Mortenson Construction, Milwaukee

Products Used

Hufcor 600 Series Operable Partitions
Hufcor Frameless Glass Walls


The Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID) is a public transdisciplinary research institute and “skunkworks” at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, focusing on the interfaces of computation, laboratory science, the humanities and entrepreneurship. Hufcor’s challenge was to provide a solution to provide flexible meeting spaces that could afford privacy, but also allow natural light to continue to flow into the rooms.


After considering the goals and plans for the space, Hufcor recommended a combination of their traditional Hufcor 600 Series panels as well as movable glass panels. Hufcor’s movable glass wall panels would provide flexibility to collaborative meeting spaces without blocking the natural light. Meanwhile, the more traditional operable partitions would be installed in other areas of the space—but with a twist. Hufcor’s design and engineering team added custom high acoustic window inserts into the lead and trail panels that seal against the exterior glass curtain wall. The single lead window panel maintains the open access to the direct natural lighting while preserving room-to-room privacy from nearly all angles within the room.


University of Wisconsin’s unique think tank facility incorporates flexible room configurations to serve the campus’ space needs. Hufcor’s folding glass wall systems offered privacy and daylighting in this LEED Silver case study while Hufcor’s 600 Series panel design supports the facility’s core values of innovation and collaboration.

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