Situated on a prominent site at the entry to campus, Starin Residence Hall serves as a gateway for those approaching via car or from the athletic and residential campus to the north. A dense program of 446 student beds, administrative offices, common areas, and staff apartments creates the need for a five-story structure. The design is primarily plan driven, but subtle variations in suite layout allow for facade articulation in order to divide the building mass. Materials incorporated within the facade interpret existing campus buildings in a modern way including regional brick, precast concrete, metal panels, and curtainwall.
The plan is arranged in two wings, and is connected on the ground floor with common areas and on upper floors via a fully glazed bridge. Each wing is divided in half by the Residence Assistant Suite and Study Lounge in order to limit the corridor dimension. The north wing corridor is angled to create an additional layer of complexity to the building, making it a reference to the entry point of the campus, while also improving the privacy of the suites. This project was awarded LEED Gold and was published extensively in Wisconsin for being the first LEED Gold building in the University of Wisconsin system, as well as setting the new standard for Universal Design accessibility for residence halls.