Construction of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s newest academic building – Sage Hall – is on schedule and will be open for students for the first day of classes on Sept. 7.
“Everyone is working toward the same goal; we’ll be done in time,” said Chris Miles, UW Oshkosh project manager. “Right now, every corner is being worked on in some shape or form.”
Sage Hall is the first new academic building to be built on campus since 1971 and will house administrative, faculty and program offices for the College of Business, along with several departments and programs of the College of Letters and Science.
The building will feature state-of-the-art classrooms, labs, project rooms and study spaces. The new Sage Hall will also free up space in the Clow Social Science Center, the planned renovation of which will make room for high-impact educational programs in the future.
Sage Hall is currently transitioning from construction zone to academic building. Fresh and vibrant colors of paint cover some walls and flooring is being poured, Miles said. Plus, some classroom spaces already have carpeting and ceiling tiles, as well as designated spaces for boards to be hung and projectors to project.
Miles is optimistic that some will move into the finished sections of the building as early as Aug. 1.
Beyond classrooms and faculty spaces, Sage Hall will also have the largest lecture hall on campus, which will hold about 260 people and provide power to each seat, an upgrade from other lecture halls at UW Oshkosh. The lecture space will also feature a hearing loop system, an enhanced audio system to support the hearing impaired.
Sage Hall will have 18 breakout workspaces designed for classroom group use, as well as a 2,000 square foot study lounge area on the third floor for individual students to use. Storage spaces for College of Letters and Sciences and College of Business student organizations are also built into designated workspaces.
“As far as I’m concerned, one of the neatest features of this building is the study spaces we have built into it. Other than the library, we have nothing like this on campus. That’s one of the biggest things this building will offer,” Miles said.
UW Oshkosh has also continued its commitment to sustainability throughout the construction of Sage Hall. Renewable energy sources and sustainable principles are being incorporated, and the building is designed for a gold LEED rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. In addition, Miles said, design features like light shelves to encourage the use of natural lighting have been installed within offices.
“People are excited about some of the energy saving features,” Miles said. “The big push is to get people used to using those features.”
Upon completion of the construction project, about 250 faculty and staff members will call UW Oshkosh’s newest academic building home.