Student Housing: Building an Inclusive Culture
Designing a residence hall that seamlessly incorporates Universal Design solutions help create an inclusive environment for all students. Supporting all students during their transitions out of their family homes is important, including students with physic, mental and emotional disabilities. EUA works with our clients to find solutions that can exceed ADA guidelines to design residence halls that become a big puzzle piece in supporting inclusive cultures.
At UW-Whitewater's Ma'iingan Residence Hall, Universal Design concepts were implemented such as making entrances and routes accessible, creating inclusive gathering and seating areas, wayfinding cues throughout the space and individual lighting and heating/cooling control. This new residence hall builds on the school's mission and establishes a culture of awareness and accessibility that ultimately enhances student success.
UW-Madison's Leopold residence hall was designed to accommodate all students including those interested in living and learning sustainably. This building is home to a fourth-floor greenhouse for students in the Green House Learning Community to grow their food. With kitchens on each floor the students can cook the food that they grow. This five-story residence hall with LEED Gold certification supports the needs of the students an university.