University of Wisconsin Building Reaches Sustainable Goals
December 3, 2010
In July 2010, the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater (UW-Whitewater) opened Starin Hall residence facility which features windows from Wausau Window and Wall Systems.
Wausau says it anticipates receiving Gold certification under the LEED® Green Rating System. If successful in achieving this goal, Starin Hall will be the first state-owned, LEED-certified residence hall in Wisconsin, according to Wausau.
As the first new residence hall to be built on the UW-Whitewater campus in more than 40 years, much thought was given to the building’s design and construction. In lieu of the two separate buildings that Starin Hall replaced, Potter Lawson, Inc. and design partner Cannon Design envisioned a single residence hall with two distinct north and south wings. J.P. Cullen & Sons; Janesville, Wis., served as the general contractor for the $33 million project.
More than 550 projected, high-performance windows were provided by Wausau and installed by glazing contractor B&D Contractors Inc. Manufactured in Wausau’s own LEED-Silver facility, the operable units feature low-E glazing to maximize solar energy control for the majority of the suite’s southern exposures.
Along with thermal performance, interior comfort, daylighting and view, building projects seeking LEED certification also may benefit from recycled material content. As part of its Advantage by Wausau product offering, all standard, projected windows now are fabricated using recycled aluminum, while continuing to meet education facilities’ accelerated construction timelines and limited budgets.