Contact Us

  • Reception:  Room 237
  • Phone: 608-262-6838
  • Fax: 608-262-3322
  • Receptionist/Administrative Assistant:  Ashley Bowman
  • Department Administrator:  Alyson Amenda
  • Building Manager: Tim Lorenz

Directions to the Department

Street Address
1630 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706

+Directions by Car (click to expand/collapse)

Madison is located in south central Wisconsin and is accessible via several major highways. Madison is a:

  • 1 1/2-hour drive from Milwaukee (via Interstate 94)
  • 2 1/2-hour drive from Chicago (via Interstate 90)
  • 4 1/2-hour drive from Minneapolis/St. Paul (via Interstate 94)
  • 2-hour drive from Dubuque (via US 151)

Directions to Russell Labs – from the East:

  • From Interstate 90 or 94, take U.S. Hwy. 14/18 (the “Beltline”) west
  • Take the Park Street exit and head north into the city
  • Turn left (west) onto University Avenue
  • Veer right (northeast) onto Babcock Drive
  • Cross the intersection of Babcock Drive and Linden Drive
  • Russell Labs is the tall (8 stories) brick building on your left.
    • There is a shorter brick building across Babcock Drive called Babcock Hall.

Driving Directions from the East

Directions to Russell Labs – from the West:

  • From U.S. Hwy. 12 or U.S. Hwy. 14, take University Ave. east into campus
  • When University Avenue splits into University Ave. and Campus Dr., stay on University Ave.
  • Turn left (north) on Walnut
  • Turn right (east) on Observatory
  • Turn right (south) on Babcock Drive.
  • Russell Labs is the brick building on your right at the intersection of Linden Drive and Babcock Drive.

Driving Directions from the West

+Parking (click to expand/collapse)

Lot 36 – Next to the Building

Lot 36, a.k.a. Steenbock Ramp is located on the North side of Russell Labs on Observatory Drive (across the street from Allen Centennial Gardens). 

The ramp has a limited amount of visitor parking; availability varies based on the time of day.  Many campus offices open at 7:45 a.m., so ramps may be full by 9 a.m. during the semester.

Map of Russell Labs and Lot 36


The ramp is gated.

Visitors stop before the entrance gate and take an parking ticket.  

Don’t misplace the ticket, or you could get charged for the entire day instead of just the time you parked in the ramp.

When leaving the ramp, stop at the gate, insert your entrance ticket, and the system calculates your fee.

How to Check to See if Lot 36 is Full

To find the current number of available spaces in the ramp, click here (opens in a new window).

Alternate Lots

If Lot 36 is full (signs will say “no visitor parking”) you can try these nearby lots – our validations will work in all of them:

Lot # Lot Name Location Relative to Russell Labs
27 Nancy Nichols Hall Garage East
67 Linden Drive Ramp West
20 University Avenue Ramp Southeast
17 Engineering Hall Ramp South and slightly east
+Airport Information (click to expand/collapse)

Dane County Regional Airport, on Madison’s northeast side, provides regional and national air service to and from Madison. Seventy-five flights daily connect passengers to 22 locations, reaching 600 domestic and 70 international destinations with one-stop service.