Roy Downham Hall

Roy Downham Hall opened in 1994 and is recently remodeled, offering fully-furnished rooms with a private bathroom and shower, vanity area and sink, in a room shared by two students. It is the largest residence hall on campus, with over 190 students. The building, located near the tennis courts, Kress Center, and Mauthe Center, has added features including a lobby with a large-screen television, study and lounge areas, a large kitchen, and a multi-purpose meeting room with a large-screen television on the third floor.

Mailing Address

Resident's Name
Resident's Campus Box Number
3374 Downham Court
Green Bay, WI 54311

Roy E. Downham Hall  At a Glance:  
Number of Units 97
Residents 194
Coed Yes
Private Bedrooms No
Private Bathrooms Yes
Vacation Housing Yes
Summer Housing No
Dining Required Yes
ADA Accessible Yes
Elevator Yes
Smoke Free Yes
Alcohol Permitted No
Furnishings per student
  • Extra-long twin bed
    (may be jr. lofted or bunked)
  • Dresser
  • Desk with hutch,
    lamp, and chair
  • Closet
  • High-speed internet jack
Furnishings per room
  • Vanity area with sink
  • Private shower and toilet
  • Wi-Fi throughout housing
  • Blinds or drapes
  • Electronic card plus PIN secured
  • Carpeted rooms

About Roy Downham

Roy E. Downham was born in Antigo, Wisconsin, and in 1946 graduated from Clintonville High School. A Navy veteran, he attended the University of Wisconsin on the G.I. Bill. He received his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering with honors in June 1952. His long and prolific professional career started with The Trane Company of La Crosse shortly after graduation and included engineering positions with Ansul Chemical Company, Marinette, and Overly's Inc., of Neenah. While with Ansul during the late 1950's, Mr. Downham taught engineering drawing and descriptive geometry courses at the UW center in Marinette. In 1969 he co-founded TEC Systems, Inc., in De Pere, and served as its president until retirement in 1982. In 1986, Mr. Downham founded Advance Systems, Inc., (ASI) in Green Bay, for the design and manufacture of high-velocity air flotation dryers and related web-handling equipment for the graphic arts, converting, and paper industries.

Mr. Downham is credited as the inventor of the first disposable dry chemical fire extinguisher. He was instrumental in the development of high velocity hot air dryers for graphic arts, converting, and paper industries, and was the designer of the first compact flotation air dryer used in graphic arts for the drying of web offset printed webs. Mr. Downham holds numerous patents relating to air dryers and flotation devices.

Along with Robert Schaefer, James Temp, Donald Long and the late John Robishaw, Mr. Downham founded the non-profit board, University Village Housing, Inc. to develop residence hall housing for students at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Mr. Downham has shared his substantial professional engineering knowledge during both planning and construction phases of the University's ten original halls, and the hall that bears his name. For well over a decade, he has given freely of his expertise and worked closely with architects and contractors to assure that the highest quality housing is provided for students of UW-Green Bay.