The UW-Whitewater Starin Residence Hall has been recognized for excellence in masonry.Masonry Institute in cooperation with AIA selected outstanding buildings and projects designed by AIA Wisconsin architects. All masonry was completed by J. P. Cullen’s Masonry Division.
To qualify for entry, buildings must use masonry as the primary exterior material or the architect must show masonry was important in the solution of the design problem. Projects were judged on the basis of excellence in design as well as the appropriate and innovative use of unit
masonry construction laid in the traditional manner.
This “green” academic project consists of a 196,200 square-foot, five-story residence hall, including basement. It has a precast concrete and steel structure with masonry and precast concrete exterior walls, accommodating 450 students in suite-style apartments. Each suite contains four single-occupancy bedrooms with common area, kitchenette, and bathroom. The hall will have a main lobby and common spaces, office and support facilities, rooms for resident assistants, two residence hall director apartments, computer room, flexible meeting/classroom space, and general storage rooms.
The project has a LEED® Silver level rating, incorporating new high performance systems with energy savings capability that maximize resource conservation and minimize negative environmental impact. Besides allowing for ample daylighting and automatic lighting controls, the project included a waste management and recycling plan.