VOA Associates Advances University of Wisconsin Oshkosh's Green Vision with Design of New Academic Building

First New Building on Oshkosh Campus in 40 Years; Dedication Ceremony on September 23

Oshkosh, Wis. - VOA Associates Incorporated, a global architecture and design firm based in Chicago, and their partner Berners-Schober Associates (BSA) of Green Bay, will join the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh on September 23 to celebrate the official dedication ceremony of Sage Hall, the University's new academic building.

Sage Hall will serve as the first new academic building constructed at UW Oshkosh in over 40 years and symbolizes the University's commitment to building a greener campus.

Managing the building's architectural design, VOA partnered with BSA to design a building that's not only an inspiring environment for learning, but a sustainable facility that implements the latest technological advances in green building design. Incorporating reusable energy resources, the project includes features such as:

 The orientation of the building's wings and the placement and size of windows are intended to harvest daylight and reduce heat gain.
 A blend of forced air and radiant floor heating will efficiently maintain climate control.
 Renewable energy will be collected by rooftop solar panels.
 The grounds will be planted with native plant species, and a green roof will grow above three large lecture halls.

As a result of implementing these strategies, Sage Hall is on track to be certified LEED Gold by the US Green Building Council.

"During our first meeting with the University, the conversation was not about building form or interior space, it was concentrated on energy and how to use it wisely," said Steve Siegle, Senior Vice President at VOA. "It was clear to us that the University was serious about green design, and that the building's architecture and engineering were going to be driven largely by sustainable practices."

Beyond working towards an innovative green design, architects collaborated with UW Oshkosh students, faculty, and staff members to incorporate the mission of their institution. One result is that faculty offices and classrooms are located together on all four floors, instead of a hierarchical arrangement with the faculty offices above the classrooms.

"This project meant more than just adding another building on campus, it was a collaborative effort between our students and faculty to create an innovative learning environment that's comfortable and encouraging," said Steve Arndt, UW Oshkosh Director of Facilities Management. "Considering VOA's expertise in higher education design and commitment to incorporating Oshkosh's philosophy and bearing, we were confident in their ability to deliver."

The official dedication ceremony will take place on Friday, September 23rd, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Sage Hall. VOA is also the design architect for Horizon Village, a new residential hall at UW Oshkosh. Construction for this project is currently under way and is scheduled to open in fall 2012.