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UW-Stout residence hall nets architectural award

aMENOMONIE, Wis. (Jan. 5, 2007) – The University of Wisconsin-Stout’s newest residence hall has earned some high marks. American School and University magazine has honored Red Cedar Hall with a special design citation.

County Materials supplied all of the nearly 110,000 square feet of 8-inch hollowcore plank that forms the flooring and ceilings in the structure. About 1,000 square feet of the plank is 6-inch solid hollowcore.

“There were a lot of irregularities in the plan,” said Roger Davis, structural designer with SDS Architects in Eau Claire. “Precast doesn’t always lend itself to a lot of irregularity. But County Materials’ hollowcore has worked out well for this use. Inside, there is a very low floor-to-floor height. It would’ve been very difficult, if not impossible, to do this without precast hollowcore.”

uwstout_exteriorThe hall utilizes 19 concrete columns (used primarily for external corners with windows on both sides) and 233 lintels, all from County Materials. The hall also utilizes 75,000 units each of Sahara- and Navajo-colored GlenGery clay brick.

“The design really focuses on getting students together,” said one judge from the magazine, “which can be a problem with suite/apartment living.”

Red Cedar Hall is showcased in the November issue of the magazine as one of 228 featured projects and one of just 20 citation winners. The issue is online at, and a list of project winners with jury comments is at

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