UW Madison Gordon Dining & Event Center Honored

The University of Wisconsin at Madison, Gordon Dining and Event Center, earned a Gold
Citation from American School & University’s Educational Interiors Showcase.

Situated between several residence halls that collectively accommodate 3,000 students,
the new Gordon Dining and Event Center replaces the campus’s existing dining facility,
built in 1965. The 94,700 sf facility provides students with marketplace-style dining from
12 unique venues.

The goal of the program was to create anything but an ordinary dining hall. The Gordon
Dining and Event Center is a place for student life and enhancing the campus experience.
More than 600 dining seats are distributed throughout a series of distinct spaces with
different seating styles, including bar/counter seating, banquettes and traditional larger
tables that can be moved to accommodate a variety of programming.

The building is sited along a major campus pedestrian mall and features:

  • an outdoor plaza and lawn for game-day barbecues and outdoor movie screenings;
  • expanded meeting spaces including a dividable 750-person ballroom, 300-person
    meeting room and a series of smaller conference areas, all supported by catering
    from the commissary below.

The site is part of the campus master plan, the site extending the main axis from the union and
library to the residence halls surrounding the Gordon Dining and Event Center. In association
with Cannon Design.

“Good choice and use of materials create a variety of seating experiences. Warm,
thoughtful, interesting and engaging.”—2013 jury

Utah Project Earns LEED Gold

Designed by Potter Lawson in association with Jacoby Architects of Salt Lake City, the University of Utah’s newest residence hall recently received gold certification using Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards, making it the first LEED-certified university residence hall in Utah.

The 167,000-square-foot Donna Garff Marriott Honors Residential Scholars Community, which opened its doors in August 2012, exceeded minimum efficiency standards by more than 30%, resulting in $55,000 annual energy savings.

“We worked hard to ensure tremendous energy savings without increasing our construction budget,” said Myron Willson, director of the University of Utah Office of Sustainability.

In 2009, the state of Utah required all new state buildings to meet the qualifications for LEED silver certification. The design/build team of Gramoll Construction, Jacoby Architects and Potter Lawson designed and constructed the living learning community. They helped the University of Utah find ways to exceed the minimum efficiency standards without impacting cost.

The plumbing fixtures yield a 44% reduction in water use, resulting in 2.4 million gallons of water saved annually. The building uses high-efficiency heating and cooling systems and a heat recovery system that captures heat from the exhaust system and reuses it. Occupancy sensors that control lighting were installed as well as Energy Star-rated appliances and LED and CFL lighting. Other sustainable aspects include use of local materials, natural day lighting and ventilation, materials made with high recycled content, location near a TRAX light rail stop to reduce automobile trips, bicycle storage and landscaping that includes on-site stormwater retention.

Additionally, an innovative Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund project helped boost the building from silver to gold. Student Jessica Batty, an honors student who just completed an MBA and master’s in architecture at the U, was awarded a $70,000 grant to implement an electricity-tracking dashboard system in the building as well as a “green” demonstration room.

“Constructing sustainable buildings is important to the university because it saves limited natural resources and results in long-term financial savings,” Willson said. “This new building is a perfect example of how we find ways to exceed sustainability standards without passing the cost to anyone.”

Potter Lawson Sweeps InBusiness Design Awards

The 2013 InBusiness Commercial Design awards were a successful event for the Potter Lawson design team.  We were proud to have received the following awards, including Project of the Year!

  • Top Project of the Year – The Stream at Edgewood College
  • Best Green Built Project – The Stream at Edgewood College
  • Best New Medium Development – The Stream at Edgewood College
  • Best New Office Development – Schwarz Insurance

Thank you to our clients for being visionary and enabling us to design award-worthy projects!