Together We Rise: UW-Green Bay breaks ground on new residence hall to open in fall 2024
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 15, 2023
New building embraces “learn where you live” concept to drive greater student success
Green Bay, WI — On Monday, May 15, 2023 leaders from the Universitity of Wisconsin, Green Bay, University Village Housing, Inc., (UVHI) Immel Construction and Berners Schober broke ground for the new residence hall on the UW-Green Bay campus. Following years of growth in enrollment and academic and extra-curricular offerings, this latest campus expansion is considered phase I of a new residence hall, set to open to students in Fall 2024. This is UW-Green Bay’s first new residence hall in more than 12 years.
The new hall will be home to 200 students and specially designed for (but not limited to) first- and second-year students to increase social and cultural opportunities, foster common-interest learning communities and support degree attainment. It will offer both two-person and four-person apartments with an array of shared collaboration and recreation spaces. Upon completion it will become the largest residence hall on campus.
Immel Construction as the construction manager and Berners Schober as the architect have taken steps in the design and construction process to ensure sustainability and minimal influence on the environment. High efficiency water heaters, low flow aerators, and additional sustainable plumbing options have been included to save thousands of gallons of water each year. The residence hall will also feature 98% high efficiency boilers and air cooled chiller, improved indoor air quality ventilation systems, and energy saving electrical fixtures throughout the building. A future connection for a solar panel system was also designed into the plans for the hall, allowing up to 32 panels with a 10,000 BTUH rating.
The new hall is the latest strategic investment in UW-Green Bay’s on-campus housing to enhance the educational and community experience at every stage of a student’s university journey. In recent years, nearly every residence hall and many apartment facilities received renovations and improvements. The new residence hall will replace apartments that have been renovated a number of times and have now exceeded their useful life.
“We know that students also learn where they live, so we’re thrilled to begin construction on our newest and largest residence hall, which will be a shining example of how UW-Green Bay is providing a comprehensive student experience that includes a strong co-curricular experience,” said Gail Sims-Aubert, Interim Vice Chancellor for for University Inclusivity and Student Affairs. “Campus life can play an invaluable role for students in personal and educational growth. This new modern facility will greatly enrich their university experience and their rise as a Phoenix.”
The $38-million project is funded by the University Village Housing Inc. (UVHI – a private, non-profit group that was specially formed for the development of affordable student housing at UW-Green Bay which partners with the university in the management of most residence halls.)
“Today’s residence halls play an increasingly important role in how students learn and live, contributing to both a student’s growth and future life success,” said Cort Condon, Chairman of the Board, University Village Housing, Inc. “UVHI is proud to make this learning environment a part of the UW-Green Bay experience.”
The new residence hall will be located on space near the Mauthe Center and the Kress Events Center.
About UW-Green Bay
Established in 1965, UW-Green Bay is a public institution serving more than 9,600 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students and 95,000 continuing education learners each year. We educate students from pre- college through retirement and offer 200+ degrees, programs and certificates. UW-Green Bay graduates are resilient, inclusive, sustaining and engaged members of their communities, ready to rise to fearlessly face challenges, solve problems and embrace diverse ideas and people. With four campus locations, the University welcomes students from every corner of the world. In 2021, UW-Green Bay was the fastest-growing UW school in Wisconsin. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.