the summer, Residential Living worked on a variety of construction projects
including redoing the South Debot circle, Stormwater Management, and the
renovation of Burroughs Hall, projects that made residential buildings more
renovation of Burroughs Hall was just one step in a project of renovating all
the Residential Halls in the north and south Debot quads.
renovated halls are important to students because it shows them that we want
them to enjoy their college experience,” said Burroughs Hall director, Ben
Wilkes. “We are trying to stay current with as many trends as we can and giving
the students the best renovation keeps us on the leading edge of student
Burroughs Hall not only has a
new entrance, but also received new fire sprinklers, elevator, lighting, and
carpet. Residential Living put solar panels on Burroughs Hall to preheat
domestic hot water as well.
“The biggest thing that we did
[with renovations] was that we will be LEED silver certified,” said Assistant
Director for Building Services at Residential Living, Michael Zsido.
LEED or Leadership in Energy
and Environmental Design is a rating scale of how environmentally friendly a
Burroughs Hall, as well as
other renovated halls has recycled content in their carpeting, low volatile
organic compounds in the paint, and windows are low E grade glass. Neale Hall
and the Suites@201 are the only other residential halls that are currently LEED
“Students at UWSP have asked
us to be as sustainable as possible… we have a number of green initiatives in
residential living,” Zsido said.
The other two construction
projects that took place over the summer also have environmental ties. Redoing
the south Debot circle was one such project.
“We kept tearing the circle
up,” Zsido said due to the fact that they needed to do a lot of underground
piping work for each renovation. “It has been completely redone. It ended up
During the summer, a number of
sidewalks and landscaping was torn up for a Stormwater Management project.
Residential Living had to get land at the right elevation and drainage for
stormwater management. Parking lot P also received a facelift to handle storm water
Another new addition to the
residential halls is that an emergency generator was installed in Thompson Hall
so in the case of a power outage, the residential halls will have emergency
power and lighting in the corridors, stairwells, and the fire alarms will still
“UWSP housing continues to
offer the best accommodations for UWSP students and by continually renovating
and making the spaces we have better, the students want to stay in the halls
for their junior and senior years,” Wilkes said.
Knutzen Hall is the next
residential hall scheduled for renovated next summer, with Thompson and Watson
“From the students I’ve talked to, they’re really
excited,” Zsido said.