University of Wisconsin—Stout, Red Cedar Residence Hall

Menomonie, Wisconsin

  • FIRM

    SDS Architects Inc.


    State of Wisconsin--Division of State Facilities

  • AREA

    119,000 sq.ft.





Faced with an aging residence hall on UW-Stout’s campus, administrators sought a new 119,000-square-foot residence hall. The facility was designed to house 300 students in suite-style units. The building provides a sense of being part of the campus, yet maintains its own community. The interior style is contemporary and non-institutional, offering a feeling ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY300COST PER SQ FT$122.00CITATIONPost-Secondary CitationFEATURED IN2006 Architectural Portfolio home.

Red Cedar Residence Hall includes 75 suite-style residential units with four single-occupancy bedrooms, a kitchenette, bathroom and living room in each suite. In addition, the units include community kitchens, lounges and laundry facilities, multipurpose meeting rooms and a game room. A front desk/security check-in area, staff apartment, staff offices, and other management and operational support spaces also are provided.

Key challenges of the project included site issues involving existing buildings and a significantly sloping site. In addition, the residence hall was constructed near historically significant structures; the architectural image and massing respect the significance of these nearby areas. Consideration was given to the possibility of a future addition.