Hermann Viets Tower, a living-learning community for MSOE students, officially opened its doors to students in August 2021. Formerly Roy W. Johnson Residence Hall, the $37 million renovation and expansion was completed thanks to continuing philanthropic support. The living-learning community encourages academic success and gives students with similar academic, social and personal interests the opportunity to live together, collaborate and share experiences. The building is named in honor of the late Dr. Hermann Viets, MSOE’s fourth president. 


What are the new features in the building?

  • 48 new bedrooms added (four new rooms per floor).
  • 6 ADA rooms and a single ADA accessible bathroom on each floor.
  • New bathrooms on each floor.
  • Housing capacity increased from 450 beds to 552 beds.
  • New air conditioning unit in each bedroom.
  • Two-story collaboration hubs constructed in a southern-facing, glass enclosed addition overlooking the Milwaukee skyline.
  • Modernized rooms with flexible furniture to serve the diverse needs of students.
  • One study space located on each floor.
  • Original concrete columns give a rustic touch and homage to RWJ.

What is a Living-Learning Community?

Living-learning communities (LLCs) are unique housing groups that allow students to extend their learning beyond the classroom and enable the university to continue fostering the growth of the MSOE Mindset, which identifies graduates as leaders of character; responsible professionals; passionate learners; and value creators. LLCs create comprehensive in- and out-of-class learning environments that offer heightened levels of student engagement with faculty, peers and their own learning.

Regarded as a high-impact educational practice, LLCs have shown demonstrated impact on student engagement, retention, graduation and personal success by integrating students into a community of like-minded learners. The new space will help MSOE to continue attracting high-caliber students from around the globe, improve student satisfaction, and give them a residential experience to match the quality of the education they are receiving.

Viets Tower Construction Tour