CCR Issue 9

Page 59

Advertorial • CupaClad ®


Photography by Laszlo Regos

here’s a new building in Livonia, Michigan, which is rigidly steeped in Christian humanistic values and deftly clad with one of the most ancient, time-tested of natural materials. Madonna University’s overall mission is to instill its students with intellectual inquiry, a respect for diversity... and a commitment to serving others through a liberal arts education based upon the truth. The overall design of the Madonna University Welcome Center was inspired by these values. According to Matthew Teismann, AIA, NCARB, President/CFO at MKC Architects of Columbus, Ohio, “The Madonna University Welcome Center invites all people to visit a contemporary structure offering two mindsets. One being a location which provides a first view for incoming students; the other being a museum exhibiting history of the Felician Sisters of North America.” This second entity consists of a 4,300-squarefoot wing, aptly named the Felician Sisters of North America Heritage Center and Archives. It celebrates the Felician Sisters — an apostolic congregation of religious women founded in the mid-1800s. Teismann described how the building’s interior theme embodies an updated version of “cloister design,” dating back to the basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi in Italy. “This five-year project was challenging,” he stated, “as we were tasked to come up with a contemporary building emanating historic significance. One way we were able to accomplish that theme was by specifying CupaClad® natural slate to clad the exterior of the Welcome Center.”

Matthew Teismann, AIA, NCARB, President/CFO, MKC Architects