Hyland Hall used to market business school
From the start, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater officials had a clear goal in mind for the new business school: The building should serve as a crown jewel for the university.
“They were very forward and upfront from the very first meeting,” said Tim Andrew, senior project manager for Miron Construction Co. Inc., Neenah. “We knew at that moment exactly how important this building was to the university.”
The $41 million Timothy J. Hyland Hall, the new home to the university’s College of Business and Economics, provides state-of-the-art facilities to meet the needs of the business program and accommodate a projected increase in enrollment.
The building has become an important part of successfully marketing the university and attracting talented staff and students, said Don Zahn, associate dean of UW-Whitewater’s College of Business and Economics.
The new building has helped the school maintain its enrollment despite an ongoing decrease in the number of high school students statewide, he said.
The 188,960-square-foot building is more than twice the size of the former business building. It houses 38 high-tech classrooms, a 400-seat auditorium, two 150-seat lecture halls, five computer labs, a library and student study space, student organization offices and administrative offices.
Hyland Hall’s appearance is enhanced by a four-story atrium with a decorative three-story terrazzo staircase that serves as the building’s entryway. An all-glass curtain wall system from the first to the fourth floor allows for plenty of natural light, Andrew said.
Though the project turned out beautifully, construction crews faced some ugly conditions along the way, he said. Two harsh winters and severe flooding in summer 2008 made things difficult at times, Andrew said.
But daily meetings between all trades helped increase communication and keep things on track, he said.
“I thought that the overall communication from the entire team was a key factor in pushing to resolve issues or conflicts or to come up with solutions to make sure the end results were exactly what the university was looking for,” Andrew said. “Everyone was very open and worked very well together.”
The university couldn’t be happier with the result, Zahn said.
“We are extremely pleased with Hyland Hall as the new home for the College of Business and Economics,” he said. “Students, faculty and staff are very proud.”