UW-Madison Lakeshore Residence Hall

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Project Number: #06K2R 

Art Budget: $96,000 (Expected to cover all design and fabrication expenses associated with the project.)

Application Deadline: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 by 3:00PM

Eligibility Criteria: All artists from Arts Midwest region are eligible to apply (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin). 

Art Schedule

Design Due: TBD

Installation: TBD 

Building Completion Fall 2012

Architects: Engberg Anderson and Mackey Mitchell

The University 

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is comprised of fourteen schools and colleges, with a student enrollment of approximately 42,000. UW-Madison is widely regarded among the nation’s premier institutions of higher education, with a long tradition of interdisciplinary cooperation, ground-breaking research and high-quality academic programs. http://www.wisc.edu/

The Lakeshore Residence Hall: In addition to serving as the residence hall for 408 undergraduates-- most of them first and second year students at UW-Madison-- this new facility will be used by visitors, faculty, staff, and students who will come to eat in the new marketplace dining facility, or to purchase packaged items at the Flamingo Run convenience store, or a cup of coffee or dish of Babcock ice cream at the Bean and Creamery.  Students will come to the University Health Service’s satellite clinic for medical help.  The large general program room overlooking Lake Mendota will be used by many different groups on campus for events ranging from formal dinners to informal student social activities.  Throughout the day, students will come to the Residence Hall to attend classes that will be held in the classroom or to use the technology learning center.  http://www.housing.wisc.edu/

The location of the Lakeshore Residence Hall was selected in part for its relationship to current nearby undergraduate residence halls and also in respect to the surrounding effigy mounds. When completed, the Lakeshore Residence Hall and commons space will help form small resident hall neighborhoods, which contribute to the development of community, student interaction and learning, and facilitate the transition of new students to the university.

The residence hall portion of the building will provide housing for 408 freshman and sophomores in a modified traditional resident hall arrangement. There will be 204 two-bedroom units and 8 single bedroom House Fellow (HF) units. Additionally, the Resident Life Apartment will provide housing for a Resident Life staff member in a separate, private two-bedroom apartment.

The food service portion of the facility is designed to meet the needs of the projected 3,250 students living in the various nearby residence halls in the lakeshore area and uses a “marketplace” concept with seating for approximately 450 and capacity to serve approximately 1,350 meals during peak periods

The Lakeshore Residence Hall building has been sited and designed to include sustainable design principles emphasizing energy efficiency, long-term durability and maintenance while remaining flexible and adaptable.  The University has required that the project achieve an equivalency of LEED Silver according to the USGBC.

During the academic year, the new residence hall building will provide housing primarily for students while during the summer months; the building will be used for short-term camps and conferences, comprised primarily of adult participants. These facilities will be used to increase the adult conference market.

The site of the Lakeshore Residence Hall was raised above grade 4-5 feet to accommodate the high water table as a result of the building’s proximity to Lake Mendota and to maximize views of the lake.  On the east and west sides of the Residence Hall are infiltration green (plantings) spaces designed to clean the water before it reaches Lake Mendota. On the north side of the new facility is a pedestrian plaza with two dining/seating areas and a large lawn with a fire ring.  On the south side of the facility, intramural recreation fields are located.

Exterior building finishes consist of burnished block stonework and two colors of (one a buff color and the other an orange/red) brick. Punched windows surrounded by the two colors of brick provide north and south light to the bedrooms.  A green roof will be located on the two story dining area of the building.

Interior finishes include neutral terrazzo floors, wood cladding on columns and soffits, stone fireplace and accent walls and painted drywalls. 

The main entry located on east side of the facility serves as the main thoroughfare and brings students into a long north facing glass lined corridor and on the west end of this corridor, brings students into the “student center” portion of the new facility. Located off the eastern branch of the main corridor are a health clinic, a classroom, a technology center, along with residence life offices and various lounge areas. As one continues along this corridor, one passes a large student lounge room with interior glass windows facing south, then the corridor continues to the west bank of elevators that lead to the upper floors of the residence hall. At the western-most end of the residence hall is another student entrance with bicycle and moped parking areas. In addition the two bedroom House Resident apartment is located at the northwest end of the residence hall.

The information desk is at the center of the main entrance corridor. As people travel further along the northern branch of the corridor, they may enter the Marketplace dining facility, or Flamingo Run, a convenience store, or the Bean and Creamery--or continue past the spacious dining areas with windows to Lake Mendota before exiting the building on the north side. At this north entrance/exit are two outdoor terraces with shade trees and tables.


The new Lakeshore Residence Hall is located in the vicinity of several effigy mounds. The location of these intact effigy mounds significantly influenced the location of the new residence hall. The UW Madison Housing Department is working with the local Ho Chunk nation to identify tribal names for interior spaces within this residence hall. 

The Lakeshore Residence Hall will be used by visitors, faculty, staff, and students, primarily freshman and sophomores.  The students who live in this facility will be “forever young” and usually be between the ages of 18 and 20 years old.

The selection committee is interested in artwork that may be sited in multiple locations throughout the interior and/or the exterior of the new facility.

Possible Locations: While the selection committee’s priority is with the interior locations, exterior spaces may also be considered; however it should be noted that year-round access to exterior spaces will be limited due to seasonal weather. The selection committee has identified locations listed below and they are also open to locations for artwork that may be indentified by the artists.

Please note: The artwork selected by this selection committee is intended as the initial component of five year art acquisition plan. The UW Madison Housing Department is committed to funding this commission.

The Interior sites include:

  1. The North corridor main thoroughfare.
  2. An aerial artwork in the main dining area or along the dining room soffit wall.​
  3. The 30 ft long interior glass wall along the student lounge.
  4. The east wall of the of the dining entry wall. 
  5. The east interior wall of the Multi-Purpose room. 
  6. The partition near the display cases in the main corridor. 
  7. The east main lobby/vestibule of the main entrance. 

Exterior sites might include:

  1. The green space between the sidewalks north of the east main entrance.
  2. The half-height walls along the north plaza.

Conceptual considerations: The selection committee is interested in artwork that might celebrate the historic location of the residence hall.  Artwork for this facility could address the following:

  • Have multiple components which gradually reveal themselves as you move long the main corridors; 
  • Functions as collection or a body of work- multiple images or objects located throughout the facility.
  • A thematic series of artworks sited in various locations that address the human and natural history of the area.
  • A thematic series of artworks sited in various locations that address the historical significance of the nearby lake and land formations. 
  • References the story of the Native Americans who lived in this area without using stereotypical symbolism. 
  • Contains multiple layers of metaphoric meaning. 
  • Has a strong intellectual and poetic dimension. 
  • Is timeless and bears repeated viewing over time. 
  • Is complex enough to allow viewers to learn from it over time and provides a sense of discovery. 
  • Serves, as an ambassador—the artwork needs to be appealing and accessible to non-arts people.

Potential Materials: The selection committee is interested in permanent, durable materials that are low maintenance, especially for exterior locations. Permanent materials, including natural materials that support the artist’s concept are appropriate for the interior. Some areas of the interior have north light and some areas have abundant south light. For these areas, archival and/or non-fugitive materials are desired.​​