State Buildings Earn Sustainability and Energy Efficiency Awards at Wisconsin Green Building Alliance Se2 Conference

October 4 event in Milwaukee honors new and existing buildings

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (September 19, 2013) – Outstanding environmentally friendly buildings located in Milwaukee, Madison, Oshkosh, Edgerton and Glendale will be recognized at the 10th Annual Sustainable Energy Efficiency (Se2) Conference, October 4, 2013 at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. The Se2 Leadership Award event, sponsored by the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance (WGBA), honors leadership in energy efficient and sustainable design, construction and operation of Wisconsin commercial and other non-residential buildings and related systems. The award ceremony takes place at 11:30 a.m. in the UW-Milwaukee Union, 2200 E. Kenwood Ave., Milwaukee. More information is available at

The 2013 Se2 Leadership Awards include:

Clock Shadow Building (Submitted by Continuum Architects + Planners) – Focus on Energy Award of Excellence

Located in Milwaukee’s Walker’s Point neighborhood, the four-story, 28,000-square-foot building houses a mix of non-profit organizations providing healthcare services for the neighborhood’s under-served population, as well as an artisan cheese factory and a premium ice cream store. Exceptional features include:

  • Developed on a brownfield site in an underdeveloped neighborhood
  • First project in the City of Milwaukee that was officially sanctioned to use stormwater for flushing toilets
  • 99 percent of construction waste diverted from landfill
  • Green roof produces vegetables for the community
  • Over 30 percent of the building’s materials are salvaged materials

Contact: Pamela Schopf, Continuum Architects, 414-220-9640,

Glen Hills Middle School (Submitted by Transwestern) – Existing Buildings Award of Merit.

This Glendale facility was built in 1971 and has undergone significant changes to increase its efficiency. Exceptional features include:

  • Extensive commissioning performed
  • 26-point increase in its ENERGY STAR® rating to 92
  • Waste reduction and recycling program geared towards students
  • No irrigation used in maintaining landscaping and grass turf fields
  • Awarded LEED® Gold in April 2013

Contact: Anne White, TRANSWESTERN, 414-937-5025,

Wisconsin Energy Institute (Submitted by Mortenson Construction) – New Construction Award of Merit

A 107,000-sq. ft. building and located on the UW-Madison campus, Wisconsin Energy Institute brings together leading researchers from across the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Exceptional features include:

  • Projected to use 52.5 percent less energy than code minimum
  • Energy savings of 85,880 therms from Penthouse Energy Recovery Chiller; Annual cost savings of more than $55,000
  • 22 kW photovoltaic solar array on roof offsets electrical consumption
  • Low plumbing fixtures improve water efficiency by 35 percent
  • Approximately 95 percent of construction waste was recycled

Contact: Bridget Slack, Mortenson Construction, 262-879-2562,

UW-Oshkosh Sage Hall (Submitted by Berners-Schober Associates, Inc.) – New Construction Special Citation for Lighting and Daylighting

The newest classroom building on the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus opened in September 2011. By incorporating renewable energy sources and sustainable principles, the four-story, 191,000-square-foot building is expected to save the university more than $182,000 annually. Exceptional features include:

  • Designed to perform 38.3 percent better than ASHRAE 90.1-2007 requirements
  •  LEED Gold achieved
  • Classrooms and lecture halls face true north, making it easier to control sunlight, and thus heat gain
  • Open-air courtyard brings light to central core
  • Rooftop photovoltaic system provides 3.7 percent of total electric use; estimated annual production is 46,000 KWH

Contact: Jacob Juliot, Berners-Schober Associates, Inc., 920-569-8722,

UW-Milwaukee Cambridge Commons (Submitted by HGA Architects and Engineers) – New Construction Special Citation for Energy Efficiency

Cambridge Commons was completed in 2010 and is located on the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee campus. It is a LEED Gold Certified building with 700 students and features a green recreation area and two green roofs. Exceptional features include:

  • Redeveloped brownfield site
  • Overall energy usage 26.4 percent below code
  • Achieved “Designed to meet ENERGY STAR” designation with an 82 score; currently operating at 85.
  • LEED Gold achieved
  • Stormwater runoff has been reduced by 90% compared to predevelopment
  • UW Housing staff supports energy and water reduction competitions within the building, among campus residence halls, and peer institutions

Contact: d’Andre Willis, HGA Architects and Engineers, 414-278-3384,

Edgerton City Hall (Submitted by Eppstein Uhen Architects) – New Construction Special Citation for Energy Efficiency

The 5,100 sq.ft. City Hall was constructed in 2009 in Edgerton's historic downtown. Backed by strong community support, it boasts high-quality construction and energy efficiency aided by multiple renewable energy sources. Exceptional features include:

  • Foamed-in-place insulation substantially reduces energy loss
  • Solar photovoltaic arrays
  • Geothermal wells that exchange heat and cool occupants without the use of gas-fired equipment
  • Operable windows are provided in staff areas
  • Locally sourced materials and products are integrated throughout

Contact: Denise Henning-McGee, Eppstein Uhen Architects, Inc., 608-442-6699,

“The Se2 Award, now in its 10th year, aims to encourage greater collaboration among owners, designers, builders and operators by highlighting the value of projects that enhance the built environment,” said Nick Mueller, WGBA board president and a project manager with The Boldt Company in Appleton. Contact: 920-225-6384,

The competition originally was established in a joint effort between Focus on Energy, WGBA, AIA Wisconsin, Energy Center of Wisconsin, ASHRAE Wisconsin, and IES-Milwaukee/Madison. The 2013 Se2 Awards are sponsored by WGBA and Focus on Energy. Award judges included James Benya, PE, FIES, IALD, LC – Principal of Benya Lighting Design, West Linn, Ore; Donald J. McLauchlan, PE, C.E.M., LEED AP – Principal of Elara Energy Services, Inc., Chicago, Ill.; and William Sturm, AIA – Principal of Serena Sturm Architects, Chicago, Ill. The awards process was facilitated by Drew Dillmann – Special Projects Coordinator of WGBA, and Fred Dreher, PE - VP Client Services at Franklin Energy Services.

Tickets for the Se2 Conference cost WGBA members $99, non-members – $149 and students – $49. In honor of the event’s 10th anniversary, non-members will receive a one-year individual WGBA membership with conference registration. Registration and more details are available at Booth exhibitor reservation information is available at Conference sponsors include The Boldt Company, Energy Center of Wisconsin, Focus on Energy, GRAEF, HGA, Hanging Gardens, Insight Publications, Johnson Controls, Kohler Company, Madison Environmental Group, Siemens, Sustainable Engineering Group, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WasteCap Resource Solutions, We Energies, and Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council.

About WGBA

The Wisconsin Green Building Alliance (WGBA) is the state chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council and a non-profit 501(c)3 educational organization whose mission is to shape our future by facilitating and promoting ecologically sustainable practices within Wisconsin's built environment. WGBA provides green building education and instructional programs, conducts advocacy toward greening the built environment, provides information sharing and research tools, engages and empowers membership through WGBA’s structure and governance, and builds partnerships with other organizations committed to sustainability. For more information, contact Korinne Haeffel, acting executive director, at or 414-224-9422.