Heritage Hall Addition and Renovation Project

This project creates a new, unified home for the College of Education, Hospitality, Health & Human Sciences (CEHHHS) within Heritage Hall.
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Aerial view of Heritage HallHeritage Hall was constructed in the early 1970’s as an academic facility for home economics instruction. Built at the end of the Mid-Century Modern style the building features a concrete structural frame and brick façade. The building also reflects the beginning of the energy crisis of the 1970’s when building glazing was reduced to save on heating and cooling costs. As a result, Heritage Hall has very few windows (only 11% of the façade is glazing) with almost all classrooms and offices having no access to daylight.

The building has approximately 133,000 SF over four (4) levels. It is built into the hill rising from 10th Ave and is located between the Robert S. Swanson Library to the west and a campus parking lot to the east. The functionality of the existing building has changed over the years as programs in the building evolved, class sizes grew and teaching methodology changed. The building currently includes seventeen (17) general assignment classrooms and thirty-five (35) classrooms and research laboratories in addition to ninety-five (95) faculty and staff offices. There are also two (2) laboratory dining facilities, the recently renovated Weidner Center, and an Infant / Toddler Lab. The primary student entry is at Level 1 on the south side of the building. The interior of the building features masonry block walls with double-loaded corridors. There is a central lounge space on each level.

Exterior fo Heritage Hall

The building’s exterior envelop includes a palette of face brick, medium bronze aluminum framed entrances and windows, cast-in-place concrete retaining walls, Portland cement soffits, a ballasted EPDM roof and copper roof coping. The building has undergone several renovations since the initial construction, however, the exterior character of the building has remained intact and still represents the original building design. Most of the exterior building elements are original to the building.

Existing Conditions & Recommedations

Heritage Hall is approaching 50 years old and while structurally sound, most of the building systems are original and either obsolete and difficult to repair or are near the end of their life expectancy. Since the project/renovation is not anticipated to come online until 2026 (at the earliest). Some maintenance or repair costs will likely need to be allocated over the next several years to keep these systems functioning.

Primary Deficiencies

  • Inadequate insulation, code and ADA issues, few windows, existing glazing and roof at end of life, spaces no longer satisfy functional requirements
  • Concrete structural framing in good condition, but with low floor to floor heights (12’-8”)
  • HVAC equipment and controls are all past life expectancy and require replacement
  • Primary service, generator and fire alarm are all past life expectancy and require replacement
  • All plumbing piping must be replaced - dead end pipes bring risk for contamination, the building lacks a fire protection system
Summary of Existing Conditions

Summary of Existing Conditions

Most mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering (MEP) systems are original to the building and past life expectancy. Following is a summary of the major recommendations for building components and system replacements or repairs.

Multiple images of MEP

Building Component Recommendations

  • Replace glass window and entrance systems
  • Add additional glazing to the building façade
  • Replace roof and add additional insulation
  • Minor tuck-pointing and control joint repair
  • Replace non-compliant restrooms
  • Replace elevators
  • New stair guardrails
  • Replace interior finishes

Plumbing Systems Recommendations:

  • Replace sanitary waste system
  • Replace domestic hot water system
  • Replace grease interceptor
  • New fire pump and full sprinkler system

Electrical / Fire Alarm Systems Recommendations:

  • Replace primary, secondary and switchboard system
  • Replace feeders, panel boards and distribution
  • Replace emergency generator
  • Replace lighting and lighting control systems

Mechanical System Recommendations:

  • Replace HVAC System (variable air volume system)
  • Replace distributed AHUs
  • New Central outdoor air intake shaft to roof
  • Replace campus chilled water distribution
  • New zone level VAV box reheat coils
  • Replace controls systems

Summary of Utilities Serving the Building

The existing campus steam, chilled water pipe, and service size is adequate to accommodate a major building renovation or new building construction. The existing medium voltage and primary electric feeder size is adequate to accommodate a major building renovation, however it is recommended that the primary electric feeder serving the building be replaced due to it’s age and because the service feed is shared with two additional buildings.

The existing MEP systems are original and at the end of their life expectancy. Even if no architectural renovation of Heritage Hall were to be under-taken the MEP systems within the building are in dire condition and there is no question that these systems will require replacement, likely in the coming 3-10 years.

Recommended Concept

Based on the analysis of multiple options by the Core Team the recommended Concept for Heritage Hall is Concept B - Major Renovation.

Heritage Hall concept art

Concept B

This Concept is a major renovation of the existing building with two small additions. Highlights include the following:

  • Major demolition of interior partitions – clean slate renovation offering maximum flexibility for new spaces.
  • Demolition of the 1954 portion of Vocational Rehabilitation.
  • MEP Systems would be completely replaced.
  • New fire sprinkler protection system would be provided.
  • New roof would replace existing 23-year-old roof.
  • New code compliant and accessible restrooms with increased fixture counts and the addition of single use restrooms.
  • Existing windows and entrances replaced with new higher performing window and entrance systems.
  • Increased daylighting by adding new higher performing exterior windows.
  • Program locations and adjacencies improved throughout the building.
  • The north entrance with a new prominent canopy will become an inviting, comfortable, easily accessible entrance that draws in the greater community coming to the campus for clinical services.

Concept B Details

  • Square Feet: Existing Building = 133,383 GSF
  • Existing building demolition = 31,390 SF
  • New Additions = 10,000 GSF

Total Project Cost: $108,797,000

Heritage Hall Renovation & Addition Brief

An independent 2020 feasibility study by HGA Architects evaluated the building’s components. Download a pdf of building deficiencies and a summary of conditions assessment scores.

Test-to-Fit Heritage Hall Plans

Heritage Hall concept floor plans


Summary of Implementation Plan

This UW-Stout Heritage Hall Feasibility Study establishes a program, test-to-fit concept design, and budget for a renovated facility. This study will be used by the State of Wisconsin DFDM, UW System Administration (UWSA) and UW-Stout to determine the timing, funding, and next steps for this project. The project will require all State, UW System, and UW-Stout approvals and funding in order to move forward.


Due to the significant extent of the renovations, including full systems replacement, this project is anticipated to be completed in a single phase. The demolition of the original 1954 Vocational Rehabilitation building will be a part of this project and could be completed near the end of The Heritage Hall renovation to allow their programs to move into the renovated Heritage Hall building.

The oldest set of dormitories on campus are currently being utilized as office and classroom swing space and could be available to serve this project, providing swing space during the renovation. The project does include some specialty labs that may require maintaining functionality during renovation/construction or the use of modular units.

Construction Schedule

The duration of construction time for demolition and minor exterior renovation of the Vocational Rehabilitation building, renovation, systems replacement, and addition work to Heritage Hall is estimated to be in the range of 18 to 24 months.

Challenges & Opportunities

Some of the major considerations of the project include:

  • Site – The site includes significant changes in grade from the north to the south which contributes to the limited exposure to exterior windows and daylighting within the building. Any renovation will want to include improvement to this current condition.
  • Building Access – At present there are multiple points of entry to the building which will require improvements to their access and visibility. The final solution must provide better caretaker access for the Infant/Toddler program. At present the access for caretakers dropping off children to this program is on the east side of the building adjacent to the existing surface parking lot. The current condition provides no rain cover at the entry and requires caretakers to navigate stairs with the children.
  • SF Opportunities - The program has identified a GSF need of approximately 112,000 - 115,000 GSF for the EHHHS programs that are projected to go into Heritage Hall. The existing building currently contains approximately 133,000 SF. This provides an opportunity to increase the percentage of collaboration space for students, provide flexibility/growth for the future, or provide additional programs or other departmental UW-Stout spaces to come to the building.
  • Condition of Existing Systems - As described in the ‘Existing Conditions Assessment Report’ the existing MEP Systems are original to the building and at the very end of their life expectancy. Since the project/renovation is not anticipated to come online until 2026 (at the earliest). Some maintenance or repair costs will likely need to be allocated over the next several years to keep these systems functioning.

Temporary swing space for the programs currently in Heritage Hall will need to be located on campus for the duration of the renovation.