The University of Wisconsin-Platteville campus is home to 36 buildings and many more outbuildings and small facilities, like the shelter in Memorial Park.
In total, we manage over 2.2 million square feet of built space. The majority of these buildings are on the main campus, but some are located south of Platteville at Pioneer Farm.
It is a UW-Platteville goal to make buildings, old and new, as “green” as possible.
Legacy Building Standards
Our oldest building, Ullrich, was built in 1916. Twenty of our 36 buildings were built in the 1960's and 83% of our buildings are at least 20 years old.
Engineering Hall is built to Wisconsin Department of Administration standards.
In 2006, then Governor Jim Doyle signed an executive order mandating that any state buildings constructed from then on meet specific energy performance and sustainable construction guidelines.
The guidelines were modeled after what was then LEED silver standards for new buildings and construction. Engineering Hall was built in 2009 to meet these standards. Rountree Commons (2012) and Bridgeway Commons (2013), both built and owned by the UW-Platteville Real Estate Foundation and not the state, were not built to these standards.
- View the 2006 WI Green Building Executive Order and Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) Sustainable Building Standards.
None of our buildings to date are LEED Certified, the industry leader in green building standards.
Recently, we completed a significant addition to the Williams Fieldhouse, are planning a remodel for Boebel Hall, and are planning the construction of a new engineering building, Sesquicentennial Hall. Each of these projects is constructed to the Wisconsin DOA sustainable building standards.
- Information on planning for Sesquicentennial Hall
Performance Contracting Improvements
Under the Doyle administration, the state saw a push to increase energy conservation in their buildings (see the 2006 Executive Order mentioned above).
One of the ways that state allowed agencies to pursue these energy conservation measures is through a "performance contract." A performance contract allows an agency to take out a bond (or loan from the government) to invest in improvements that will pay themselves off over a set time through resource savings. UW-Platteville entered into a $3.5 million performance contract with McKinstry in 2011.
Between 2011 and 2014, McKinstry identified and made a series of energy conservation measures to campus, including building envelope improvements (such as insulation), light fixture changes, fume hood upgrades, and water conservation fixtures. They also installed solar photovoltaic panels and a wind turbine at Engineering Hall. They predicted an annual savings of $263,547 as a result of these improvements.