Aldo Leopold Residence Hall &

Food Service Phase II

LEED Silver Certified 

Aldo Leopold Residence Hall

Project Information

Total Cost: $17,416,000

Area (Residence): 64,400 GSF

Area (Holt Remodel): 19,690 GSF

Project Summary: This $17,416,000 project designed and constructed the second phase of the Aldo Leopold Residence Hall and Food Service Development project. The scope included a new residence hall that consists of approximately 176 beds totaling approximately 64,400 GSF and the renovation of approximately 10,460 ASF of Holt Commons. The project is located on what previously was lot 32, directly east of Holt Commons and south of Showerman House. The project is LEED Silver certified. Construction started in May 2012, the project was substantially complete in June 2013, and occupied in August 2013 for the new school year.


 The Lakeshore Residence Hall Phase II is LEED Silver certified. Details about this are given below.



This building qualifies for credit as a sustainable site because it encourages green transportation since it is within a quarter mile of four bus stops and offers over 100 bicycles stalls.Also, it has been designed to reduce the heat island effect with landscaping. The landscaping design additionally captures storm water and provides quality control.


Design innovations have been implemented including an outreach program to educate about the benefits of sustainability and a comprehensive green housekeeping program which eliminates the use of toxic chemicals in building cleaning. Also, efforts have been made to allow building occupants to grow their own food in the greenhouse on the roof.

 Solar Panels


This building utilizes renewable energy in the form of solar and wind energy. Solar panels have been installed on the building and energy consumption meters are placed on each floor to raise awareness of usage and to generate floor-to-floor competition.


47% of the materials used for the building were regional materials that have been extracted, harvested, or manufactured within 500 miles from Madison. In addition, 88% of the wood used on this project was certified in accordance with the Forestry Stewardship Council, which means the wood comes from a forest being managed in an environmentally responsible manner.

 Leopold Residence Hall
 Leopold Lounge


Indoor environmental quality were enhanced with a building flush to remove pollutant emissions from construction of the building materials, furnishings, and finishes. Smoking is prohibited around the building and low-VOCs adhesives, sealants, paints, and coatings were used inside the building.