"Swanky Dorms"

Described by students  as “awesome,” ”futuristic,” a “palace,” and the “Taj Mahal of Wisconsin,” one could surmise that students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are excited about their new  “Dejope” Residence Hall named for the Ho-Chunk American Indians who once lived on the land.  Rising five stories high with large windows and views to Lake Mendota, the residence halls reflect  the societal shifts in students’ expectations for what student housing should be. In addition to comfortable rooms, amenities also include a convenience store, coffee shop,  health clinic, laundromat, and lounges where students can sit by a fireplace and enjoy the scenery. Students have been using the outdoor fire pit for nighttime community gatherings.  Mackey Mitchell’s project team included Dan Mitchell, Gwynn Zivic, Greg Frankenfeld, Gregory Keppel, and Andy Noll. Engberg Anderson was the Architect-of-Record.