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Building Opportunities

With the construction of Mary Ann Cofrin Hall in 2001, the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay added a state-of-the-art teaching and lecture facility to the repertoire of academic core buildings dating from the 1970s and early 1980s. With its large panels of glass, light-colored facade material, and linear form, the building stands in contrast to the dark, dimly lit forms that define the majority of the campus’ architecture. In general, however, there is no specific architectural style or genre for campus buildings.

Two buildings are in various stages of planning for expansion, notably the Kress Events Center and the University Union. The design development for the Kress Events Center is occurring simultaneously with the Master Plan update.

The existing University Union building is in the conceptual stages of planning for an addition. While the current scope of the project will not necessitate additional utility capacity, future expansion may require the University to formulate a strategy to connect a spur from an existing tunnel or lay new tunnel to reach the University Union. It is desirable for any major utility project to occur to the west of the University Union through the proposed campus quad. This would remove the existing concourse connection between Cofrin Library and Student Services and open up the quad not only for pedestrians, but for a utility spur as well.

The number of classrooms, laboratories, and office spaces will be impacted by future decisions on the specifics of campus growth. The master plan explores academic building expansion locations that support the concept of connectivity and maintain a physical connection to the concourse system. Based on the Campus Spatial Diagram, all buildings within the academic core are defined by their connection to the concourse system. The campus must continue to weigh its commitment to the concourse system against rising maintenance and construction costs.

Proposed buildings are sited in an east-west orientation to take advantage of solar access. These buildings occur both as separate entities and as expansions to existing buildings; Student Services and Instructional Services invite vertical expansion while MAC Hall invites horizontal expansion. All academic buildings should be located along utility corridors and remain inside the Inner Loop Road, or within the campus core area as defined and depicted by the Campus Spatial Diagram.

UW-Green Bay currently has 25 residential units varying in nature from typical dorms to apartment suite-style living. Currently 37 percent of students live on cam-pus and there is a waiting list for this valued resource. The University hopes to increase on-campus housing options to accommodate 40 percent of its enrolled population.

Based on the straight-line projection for housing, the campus may add 1,965 beds. All housing expansion should occur in the campus mid-zone as defined by the Campus Spatial Diagram. Housing expansion depicted in the master plan is based on the most recent housing which provide approximately 313 GSF/bed. Housing is proposed in two locations to accommodate both traditional and non-traditional student residents and other, emerging types of campus housing.

Undergraduate housing expansion is located adjacent to the existing residential housing village to increase the density and feeling of a housing community. Concentrating undergraduate housing also recognizes the personnel and management limits of campus housing resources. Construction of housing in this area will require the cooperation and continued communication between UW-Green Bay and University Village Housing Incorporated (UVHI).

The master plan explores the option of a non-traditional student housing pod in the southwest section of campus. If the campus decides to increase its graduate or non-traditional student population, it may require a different type of housing that accommodates married students or students with families who require less support and fewer student services.

Mary Ann Cofrin (MAC) Hall

Mary Ann Cofrin (MAC) Hall

The newest building to be added to the campus core serves as a primary teaching and lecture facility and connects to the concourse system through windowed hallways.

Lenfestey and Walter Hall Corridor

Lenfestey and Walter Hall Corridor

Students use the spaces between to navigate campus. Josephine Lenfestey Hall is in the background.

Master Plan Housing Expansion

Master Plan Housing Expansion

New undergraduate housing developments occur in the existing housing village. Expansion to the student community center is recommended to accommodate this growth. A new location in the southwest overlooking the Bay of Green Bay is explored for other types of housing.

Master Plan Academic Building Expansion

Master Plan Academic Building Expansion

Academic building expansion is recommended near the academic core to facilitate connections to the concourse system and existing utility tunnels. Additions to existing buildings represent a viable alter-native to constructing new buildings on green fields.