Mary Ann Cofrin Hall

Project Scope:

This project will establish a new academic facility with three interrelated thrusts: social and environmental sciences, information and learning technology, and community-academic program links. It creates an appealing academic "front door" to the campus with its exhibits of environmental science, geographic, and social science materials. Active student learning is enhanced by general assignment classroom spaces that support learning teams and state-of-the-art multi-media presentation, demonstration, and interaction. Specialized lab space is provided to facilitate synergies in student and faculty instruction in natural history, plant and animal life, social science research, geography, mapping, environmental design, media analysis, computer science, and nursing. Public areas are provided for display of valuable collections, including the Richter Natural History Collection, Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas collection, and to facilitate access to the University's Arboretum and Herbarium.


Sep/Dec 1999 July/Aug 2000 Mar/April 2001
Jan/Feb 2000 Sep/Oct 2000 May/June 2001
Mar/Apr 2000 Nov/Dec 2000 July/Aug 2001
May/June 2000 Jan/Feb 2001  

Construction Information:

Progress Reports

Design and Construction Team

Architectural Design Team
Somerville Architects Lead architects
HOK Architects, St. Louis Division Design Development
Graef, Anhalt, and Schloemer Structural design
Architectural Energy Corporation Daylighting
PSJ Engineering Plumbing systems
Kvernstoen Kehl & Associates Audio Visual systems
Arnold & O'Sheridan Electrical systems
Wisconsin Public Service Corporation Electrical energy corporation involved with renewable energy
Solar Design Associates Photovoltaic systems
Intelligent Network Solutions Data communications

Construction Team
JC Basten Construction General contractor
Reeke-Marold Plumbing contractor
VanZeeland Heating Heating and ventilating contractor
VanDenHeuvel Electric Electrical contractor

Building Statistics
Size of Building
69,150 nsf / 129,850 gsf
No. of General Assignment Classrooms 6: 22 seat,
6: 45 seat
7: 75 seat, with tiered flooring
2: 120 seat, with tiered flooring
Specialty Laboratories Cartography, Geographic Information Systems, Media Analysis, Computer Science, Distance Learning, Social Science Research, Nursing
No. of Academic Program
offices & support spaces
Public enhancement areas Four-seasons room, gathering rooms, Richter Collection, Herbarium and Arboretum offices. Pathway and overlook leading directly to the Cofrin Arboretum.

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