Cambridge Commons at UW-Milwaukee Raises the Bar for Residence Halls

Cambridge Commons at UW-Milwaukee Raises the Bar for Residence Halls

12.20.10

Cambridge Commons, a new student residence hall for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, establishes a benchmark for sustainably designed, off-campus undergraduate housing, while introducing a new model for mixed-use projects with live-learn environments that foster interaction between students and faculty. Designed by HGA Architects and Engineers (HGA), Milwaukee, Cambridge Commons is the first LEED Silver multi-family housing project in Wisconsin. Owned by the UWM Real Estate Foundation and developed by the Mandel Group, the project represents an innovative new paradigm for economically viable, sustainably designed campus projects.

"A decade ago, the university might have provided every aspect of this project, from the site to the property management," explains Jim Shields, AIA, design architect and associate vice president, HGA. "But UW-Milwaukee is out of space. So the university turned to a local developer it trusted to bring the project in on budget." Cambridge Commons is not a state- or university-funded project: Rental fees from student suites, classrooms, and three ground-level retail spaces support the building.