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UW-Eau Claire Centennial Hall

Eau Claire, WI


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Owner: State of Wisconsin DOA Division of State Facilities
Size: 182,000 SF
Completion: November 2013
Architect / Engineer: River Architects, Inc.

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Project Description:

Centennial Hall houses UW-Eau Claire’s College of Education and Human Sciences administrative units; classroom space; the departments of education studies, English, foreign languages, and special education; and select student support services. These student support services include Services for Students with Disabilities, the Student Success Center (providing writing, math, and other academic support), and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. The education building is the first new building to be fully funded with state tax dollars on the UW-Eau Claire campus in 30 years.

This entire facility was designed around its main purpose: education. Its layout, the size and location of lecture hallsevery aspect was constructed with the 21st century student in mind. There are multiple breakout study areas throughout the facility, as well as collaboration spaces, including an outdoor courtyard that both welcomes and encourages interaction among students and staff. With a full-service café, students never have to leave the building. While offices are located on the third and fourth floors, lecture halls are located on the first and second, but all spaces are fully-equipped with state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment, a plethora of outlets, and wireless access points.