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UW-River Falls George R. Field South Fork Suites Residence Hall

River Falls, WI


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Owner: State of Wisconsin
Size: 85,000 SF Addition
Completion: August 2012
Architect / Engineer: SDS Architects, Inc. / Elness Swenson Graham Architects
Awarded Gold LEED Certification

Project Description:

South Fork Suites is a 4-story, cluster-style addition to the residence hall that doubled its 240-student capacity. The floor plan of the coed residence hall clusters 22 students in 10 double and 2 single rooms around a shared common space with TV lounge and kitchenette, and separate male/female bathroom and shower facilities. Additional study space is also provided on each floor. Wireless and wired internet throughout the building, first and third-floor laundry facilities, a full kitchen on the first floor, and a 120-stall parking lot expansion will add to the amenities offered.

The original South Fork Suites and the Jesse H. Ames addition are connected on the first floor through the Living Learning Center that provides two small multi-purpose rooms, a fireplace lounge, and a large gathering place that can be divided into three smaller rooms.

Thanks to the building’s sustainable attributes, energy savings of nearly a third and water reduction at roughly one half of a comparable building is projected. Photovoltaic technology was used to meet some of the domestic hot water needs, and nearly three-quarters of this building’s energy will be purchased through a renewable energy program that uses wind, biogas, and solar resources. Additionally, many materials used in this project were sourced regionally and from recycled content.