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Construction of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s new suite-style residence hall, Horizon Village, is progressing on schedule.

Recently, the roof was completed on the five-story, 340-bed residence hall, which is located on the former site of Breese, Nelson and Clemans halls between Elmwood Avenue and Algoma Boulevard on campus. To check out the progress of Horizon Village, visit the Snapshots gallery.

Next, the walls will begin going up and the plumbing will be completed.

“Then, it really starts to look like a building,” said Polly Krueger, a laborer with Miron Construction.

Horizon Village will be the first new residence hall constructed at UW Oshkosh in 40 years, which will help make room for students during a time of consistently rising enrollment. Plus, the suite-style hall, which will offer students apartment-like spaces with private bathrooms and living areas, is the first of its kind on campus. The $34 million residence hall, funded through student fees, will provide sophomore, junior, senior and graduate students housing.

In support of UW Oshkosh’s commitment to sustainability, Horizon Village is designed to meet a platinum rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. The building includes eco-friendly elements, including a green roof, trash enclosure, geothermal ground-source heat pump for heating and cooling, heat recovery from Residence Life data center, geothermal hot water production and specialized bicycle storage.

The building will also provide amenities to students such as outdoor patio areas, in-building laundry facilities and group lounge and study areas.

Limestone facade from the former Clemans Hall is being recycled for the exterior seating area and surrounding the fireplace inside. Other brick work is expected to start later this fall.

Groundbreaking on Horizon Village took place in November 2010. An average of 80 workers per day are working on the building to have it ready to open for students in fall 2012.

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