University of Wisconsin
Eau Claire Campus New Residence Hall
Mechanical & Electrical
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Engberg Anderson Architects
151,000 square feet
Sustainable Design Principles Emphasizing Energy Efficiency
Our team facilitated the design of energy-efficient lighting throughout, including occupancy sensing lighting controls in public areas and time-of-day controls in corridors, which reduce lighting to 50 percent when unoccupied. Our designs leveraged distribution conduit modeling for coordination and prefabrication using offsite construction methods. Our extensive voltage drop considerations ensured power distribution would be consistently high throughout the facility, and emergency backup generators support egress lighting and critical systems.
We also designed door access controls for each suite and secure perimeter entrances as well as voice communication fire alarm systems and a connection to the campus mass notification systems. In addition to these designs for the main residence hall structure, we performed engineering design for the existing chiller plant in the Hilltop Center. Designs included a 600-ton chiller, pumps, and cooling towers to support the cooling system of the new building, and the design including modifications to the existing control sequences to minimize energy usage, system maintenance, and overall life-cycle costs of operating the plant.