Open Hours and Buildings

Access to the College of Engineering buildings has been restricted to people with approved Wiscard access only. Access to College of Engineering buildings is closed to the general public and general undergraduate students until the start of Spring 2021 semester.

If you are an undergraduate conducting research under the mentorship of a faculty member or employed on the CoE campus please work with your faculty/supervisor on a process for accessing engineering buildings.

Email with questions or other requests for Wiscard access to College of Engineering buildings.


Spring 2021 building access information

As we begin the spring 2021 semester, we want you to know that your health and safety—and that of all members of our community—are a priority. As a result, beginning Jan. 25, 2021, there are some significant new steps you will need to take to be able to enter campus buildings. Most importantly, you must be in compliance with COVID-19 testing and other safety requirements.

Across the UW-Madison campus, but specifically as you prepare to enter an engineering building:

  • Badger wellness ambassadors will be stationed inside designated building entrances.
  • Show the wellness ambassador the Badger Badge screen in your Safer Badgers app. It must display a green check mark to indicate that you have been granted access to UW-Madison campus buildings. (The Badger Badge screen will not reveal your private health information; rather, it will simply state whether you have been granted building access.)
  • In other buildings, all other doors and entrances will be locked.

Important notes:

  • To help you identify designated building entrances, look for a sandwich board or similar signage outside those entrances.
  • Plan to arrive early to class to allow enough time for this screening.
  • You must wear a face covering and practice physical distancing while you wait in the screening line, as well as in all university buildings.
  • You must enter buildings only through a door monitored by a wellness ambassador.
  • You can remain in a building past its closing time but you may not let others in.
  • After hours those with card access and ‘green’ status can enter a building at a card swipe location. Nobody will be at the door but building entering will be monitored.
  • Disposable mask recycling boxes will be available near the designated building entrances.
  • Please visit the UW-Madison COVID response FAQ for additional information.

Open buildings, entrance locations, building hours:

  • Engineering Centers Building—Southeast atrium entrance: Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Engineering Hall—North entrance under the canopy along Engineering Drive: Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Mechanical Engineering Building—South entry facing parking ramp and Northeast entry: Monday-Friday: 7:30 m. to 9 p.m.
  • Mechanical Engineering Building COVID-19 testing center—Northwest entry: Monday-Friday: 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Wendt Commons—North main entry: Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Buildings that are locked, entry information, hours:

  • Engineering Research Building—Locked; use Mechanical Engineering Building entrances: Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Materials Science & Engineering Building—Locked; use Mechanical Engineering Building entrances: Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Water Science and Engineering Laboratory—Locked; key access only
  • 1410 Engineering Drive—Locked; WisCard access only

Building details