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Centennial Hall recognized as best project of 2011

UW-L’s newest edition steals spotlight

Staff Reporter

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 11:03

Centennial Hall


Centennial Hall is to receive the 2011 Department of State Facilities Best Project Award on March 21st. The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse’s newest academic building was selected by the Wisconsin State Department of Facilities as the best designed and constructed building throughout the entire state of Wisconsin in 2011.

 The building’s designer, River Architects of La Crosse, will receive the award in Madison on March 21st. Governor Scott Walker, along with the Wisconsin Department of Administration, will present the award during a State Building Commission meeting to honor and recognize the firm for its outstanding work.

 Centennial Hall has quickly risen to meet its highly regarded reputation. It is a popular and highly utilized academic building featuring high tech amenities and forty-six spacious classrooms. It’s sustainable design plan employs recycled materials, energy efficient light fixtures, and a low flow plumbing system in order to preserve energy and keep the building fresh for years to come. It is anticipated that the building will receive a silver rating for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for its low annual operating costs and its energy conservation methods.

 Centennial Hall was the first academic building to be constructed on campus since 1974, so expectations were high to complete an innovative building design and an efficient use of space. The talents and collaboration of multiple design teams created the vision for Centennial Hall and delivered the building project on schedule and under budget. After an eighteen month construction process,     UW-L’s largest academic building was transformed into its finest.

 The building’s interior is a favorable design for encouraging student progress. In a recent student satisfaction survey, “94% of students surveyed found the classrooms to be conducive to learning.”
 Vice Chancellor for Administration & Finance, Bob Hetzel, is among those pleased with the outcome of Centennial Hall. “UW-L is very proud of being part of the team with River Architects and CD Smith that resulted in the Best Project award for the design and construction of Centennial Hall. It’s an exceptional classroom building that will serve our students, faculty, and staff for decades to come and will truly enhance teaching and learning at the university.”
 Centennial Hall is not only a well constructed and designed academic building, it has become a beacon of forward progress for UW-L. Graduating students and alumni will benefit from the increase in publicity and exposure brought to UW-L’s campus just as current students are benefiting from the building’s advantageous learning facilities.

 Future building projects on campus are sure to benefit from the high standards set by Centennial Hall. “It certainly sets a new standard and raises the bar for our next building projects at UW-L including the Cowley Science Building and New Student Center,” says Bob Hetzel.

Everyone involved with the construction of Centennial Hall must be recognized and congratulated for their efforts in providing such an excellent service for UW-L. Their work ethic and collaboration contributed to the success of Centennial Hall and set a powerful example for the students of UW-L and the La Crosse community.

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