Page 1


AIA Wisconsin 2013


2013 Awards Program

Good design makes a difference.™ Whether you’re dreaming of a new home or a planning commercial space, involving an architect from the start is the key to success.

Wisconsin Architect

2 WA


AIA Wisconsin




Wisconsin Architect, Inc. Board of Directors; David G. Peterson, AIA Jody Andres, AIA Henry A. Kosarzycki, AIA Melissa M. Destree, AIA Managing Editor Brenda K. Taylor Publisher William M. Babcock, Hon. AIA Design Awards Committee Mark J. Kruser, AIA, Chair Josh O. Johnson, AIA Golden Award Committee Fred Zimmermann, AIA, Chair Richard W. Eschner, AIA Gary Kucko, AIA Dennis Olson, AIA Wisconsin Architect is available online for viewing and purchase. For more information visit, call (608) 257-8477 or e-mail inquiries to Wisconsin Architect and AIA Wisconsin disclaim liability for statements by the editors, contributors and advertisers.

A Society of the American Institute of Architects

Wisconsin Architect


2013 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards

HONOR AWARDS Recognized for overall design excellence.


Topo House | Bluemounds, Wisconsin Architect: Johnsen Schmaling Architects Madrigrano Family Residence Hall | Kenosha, Wisconsin Architect: Workshop Architects


MERIT AWARDS Recognized for excellence in particular aspects of project design.


Clock Shadow Building | Milwaukee, Wisconsin Architect: Continuum Architect & Planners S.C.


University of Alberta | Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science | Edmonton, Alberta, Architect: Flad Architects and O’NPA Architects

10 Kirchstrasse Mixed-Use Residential Development | Gossau (SG), Switzerland Architect: Gastrau Fuerer & Associates, LLC 11 Mabel Cratty Hall - George Williams College of Aurora University | Williams Bay, Wisconsin Architect: HGA Architects and Engineers 12 TES Screenwall - Capitol Heating and Power Plant Madison, Wisconsin Architect: KEE Architecture, Inc. 14 2013 AIA Wisconsin Golden Award: Josh O. Johnson, AIA

3 WA

Printed on Recycled Paper

WISCONSIN ARCHITECT (ISSN 1083-9178) serves the design and construction industry in Wisconsin with online circulation to Architects, Engineers, General Contractors, Business and Interior Designers, Landscape Architects, Certified Planners, Developers, Specifiers, Construction Managers, Facilities Managers, Builders, Manufacturers and Suppliers. Wisconsin Architect is the official publication of AIA Wisconsin, A Society of The American Institute of Architects, and is published by Wisconsin Architect, Inc. Š Copyright 2013 Wisconsin Architect, Inc. All rights reserved. This issue or any part thereof may not be reproduced in any form without written permission of the publisher.

Wisconsin Architect 2013

For over 150 years, members of the American Institute of architects have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. AIA members have access to the right people, knowledge and tools to create better design—and help clients and communities make their visions real. Visit to see enhanced collaboration in action.





Wisconsin, the state society of The

American Institute of Architects, recognized seven building projects for excellence in architectural design as part of its 2013 Design Awards program. This year’s award-winning architecture includes a variety of projects – urban, rural, residential, commercial, institutional, local, regional and international. The selected projects include a rural home nestled in the landscape, a college dormitory given a new perspective on campus, a radically sustainable urban building with a sense of community, a new university science facility that encourages collaboration and interdisciplinary research, a modern commercial and residential development in Switzerland, a historic college building rehabilitated for contemporary use, and an attractive solution for a state power

projects is that they were designed by architects who are members of AIA Wisconsin. A jury of nationally distinguished architects from outside Wisconsin selected the award-winning projects. Members of the 2013 Design Awards jury were Merrill Elam, AIA, Atlanta; Scott Lindenau, FAIA, Aspen; and Robert Mack, FAIA, Minneapolis. The chair of AIA Wisconsin’s 59th annual Design Awards program was Mark Kruser, AIA, Middleton. The Design Awards program represents the highest recognition given for excellence in architectural design by AIA Wisconsin. Honor Awards recognize overall design excellence. Merit Awards recognize excellence in particular aspects of architectural design.

plant. The seven building projects were honored for their

The 2013 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards were presented to the

innovative and environmentally sensitive design solutions, as

architects, building owners and general contractors at a special

well as for their attention to detail and creative use of materials.

awards ceremony at the Monona Terrace Community and

The common thread running through all these award-winning

Convention Center in Madison. 

AIA Wisconsin Design Awards 2013

Topo House

Honor Award Architect: Johnsen Schmaling Architects Owners: John Neis and Chele Isaac Contractor: Yahara Builders, LLC Location: Blue Mounds, Wisconsin

Photography: John J. Macaulay

Jury Comment “This project is intelligent and appealing on many levels. The design allows for a lot of outdoor spaces that the architecture creates and embraces. The way the exterior skin is composed and creates shadow is stunning. The interior spaces are wonderful, with clean detailing. The interplay of light contributes positively to the architecture. The scale and simplicity of the window walls and the resulting views of the landscape are refreshing. The house in the landscape is always relating somehow to the hills or the tree line beyond.”

Wisconsin Architect 2013


This private home sits in the unglaciated landscape in the “Driftless Region” of Southwest Wisconsin, an area with softly rolling hills and tight ravines. It forms a low-slung partially submerged building volume. A continuous copper roof ribbon gradually rises up from the ground and ultimately terminates in a cantilever over the south-facing terrace. The home literally merges with its context, blurring the boundaries between landscape and architecture. Small exterior courtyards – one covered, the other two open to the sky – function as sheltered outdoor rooms that provide protection against the area’s ever-changing winds. On the inside, rooms are interconnected and trace the site’s topography, creating a progression through the house that leads from the entry at the lowest elevation to a small observatory at the top. The building envelope – a high-performance ventilated rainscreen system with concrete fiber panels – is organized by black-anodized aluminum fins of interrelated shapes, which create a constantly changing veil. The rainscreen system is complemented by textured cast-in-place concrete walls with randomly spaced reveals. Sustainability features include a closed-loop geothermal system, soybased closed-cell foam insulation, and a vegetated roof over the lower portion of the house that minimizes stormwater run-off and increases the envelope’s thermal performance.


AIA Wisconsin Design Awards 2013

Madrigrano Family Residence Hall Honor Award Architect: Workshop Architects Owner: Carthage College Contractor: Camosy Construction Location: Kenosha, Wisconsin

Jury Comment “While this is one of the smallest projects, the result is a powerful and extraordinary transformation that was accomplished with so few moves and so little means. The architect was doing exactly what an architect needs to do, thinking through an assignment and bringing huge value to a project with extremely limited funding. It is exceptional. The glass on the corner was handled beautifully, welcoming the students and making them feel safe.”

7 WA

Photography: Carthage College

This project initially involved new signage and entry door replacement for a 1960’s college dormitory. After thoughtfully considering the best interests of the college, students and donor, the architect identified a creative design solution to improve and rebrand the tired old dorm for the same modest budget. The existing dormitory had a vine covered wall facing the campus, while the main entry was located around the corner and out of sight. As a solution, the architect suggested relocating the main entry to face the center of campus and emphasizing the strength of the structural grid currently covered by vines. A stone plane wraps around the building, with this detail highlighting the layering of glass and steel that establishes the new entry’s identity. The design shifts glass and stone panels from inside the structural bay to over the exposed structure. With the new entry in place, the old exterior stoop was enclosed and transformed into a cozy lounge. In addition, the once windowless student lounges on the upper floors of the dormitory now benefit from expansive views of the campus and slotted wood benches over radiators, creating a heated perch for watching campus life. A simple signage and maintenance project became a design solution that opens the residence hall to the heart of the campus and demonstrates the large impact even a small and seemingly understated project can have on the surrounding environment.

Wisconsin Architect 2013

AIA Wisconsin Design Awards 2013

Clock Shadow Building

Merit Award Architect: Continuum Architects + Planners S.C. Owner: Fix Development Contractor: CG Schmidt Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Photography: Tricia Shay Photography

Jury Comment “This is a radically sustainable and beautiful building. The clarity of its plan is very strong. You have to applaud the developer. The integration of the community functions with the commercial functions is commendable. The way the windows are treated is very stunning. The very brilliant use of wood, like the salvaged wood sunscreens, immediately takes this project out of the ordinary. While clearly a contemporary building, it fits in well with the neighborhood.”

Wisconsin Architect 2013


This four-story commercial building sits on a small urban site in Milwaukee’s Walker’s Point neighborhood. The developer’s vision was to transform a vacant brownfield site into a sustainable building for occupants that share a commitment to community and environmental values. The goal was a commercially viable, reproducible, radically sustainable and beautiful building. An artisan cheese factory and a premium ice cream shop occupy the first floor. The upper floors have a mix of non-profit organizations providing health care services for the neighborhood’s underserved population. In terms of sustainability, nearly 30% of the building materials are salvaged plus the building reduces water consumption by almost 50%, cuts energy consumption by over 37% and manages the majority of the storm water on site. In addition, it features a central stairway to encourage exercise, a rooftop vegetable garden and pleasant interior spaces with plenty of sunlight and fresh air. The exterior materials include “cream city” brick, weathered wood siding and rusted steel panels that fit its urban neighborhood. The interior design continues the commitment to sustainable materials, with a re-used medicine bottle soffit in the community clinic, salvaged window sashes for interior side lights, scrap pieces of the exterior wood siding for the main stair cladding, and toilet partitions made from the leftover masonry scaffolding planks.


AIA Wisconsin Design Awards 2013

University of Alberta

Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science

Merit Award Architect: Flad Architects and O’NPA Architects Owner: The Governors of the University of Alberta Contractor: PCL Construction Management Inc. Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Jury Comment “There is a lot of wonderful light. The vertical skin with double-high spaces is elegant, filtering light into the whole interior area. The exposed structure and detailing is quite handsome. The active ‘social centre’ with its colorful terrazzo floor is a nice unifying element that stitches together the various pathways through the building.”

9 WA

Photography: Hedrich Blessing Photography and KjC Photography

This major university science research and learning facility was designed to integrate with adjacent buildings on a small site located in the most sensitive historical position on campus. An analysis of pedestrian circulation patterns across seasons informed the arrangement of entries, public spaces and building organization at grade level. This connectivity enables the building to accommodate nearly 18,000 research staff and students on a daily basis. These circulation patterns also shaped the interior atria, laboratory space, and classroom and lecture hall components. The system of interior spaces allowed onethird of the program to be placed below grade. The interior is organized by natural light patterns and views between functions, with multiple layers of transparency allowing internal spaces to “borrow” light from those at the exterior and adjacent to the atria. Brick is used as a reference to the masonry tradition of the campus architecture. The building’s transparency, which incorporates double-wall technology on the south façade, embraces the diversity and intensity of the local climate. The skin of the building acts as a “membrane” that connects interior and exterior environments and reinforces the objective to make science visible. The building captures the spirit of the university and creates an environment upon which to build its vision for the future.

Wisconsin Architect 2013

AIA Wisconsin Design Awards 2013

Kirschstrasse Mixed-Use Residential Development

Merit Award Architect: Gastrau Fuerer & Associates, LLC Owner: KFK IMMO AG Contractor: STUTZ AG St. Gallen Location: Gossau (SG), Switzerland

Photography: Barbara Bühler

Jury Comment “The project is a very clever response to the context in terms of mass and scale and the rhythm of the neighborhood. It is a wonderful solution. The splitting of the plan is brilliant because it keeps it in scale and makes the space relationships very clear. There is a wonderful dialogue between the two volumes, with very subtle moves that activate with the site.”

Wisconsin Architect 2013


Located in a dense historic neighborhood adjacent to a thriving commercial district, this mixed-use project involves two new buildings that create modern commercial spaces and elegant residences incorporating sustainable features. The development includes space for commercial tenants such as a bakery on the ground floor, three floors of residential units with private outdoor terraces, plus underground parking, storage and support space. It also creates a defined urban space between the two buildings that provides pedestrian access through the middle of the site. The project incorporates a range of sustainable design features that conform to stringent European construction standards, including an extensive growth “green” roof, massive wall construction of concrete and masonry, a ventilated stucco façade system, motorized exterior solar shading and exterior window louvers, radiant floor heating, a fresh air heat exchange system, and a system that recovers exhaust heat from the bakery ovens. The high-end commercial space includes outdoor dining with custom furniture to encourage street activity. Accessed through private lobbies, the residential units feature unique floor plans and are oriented to take advantage of natural light, passive solar heating and dramatic alpine views. The project provides an energetic new focal point for the neighborhood.


AIA Wisconsin Design Awards 2013

Mabel Cratty Hall

George Williams College of Aurora University

Merit Award Architect: HGA Architects and Engineers Owner: Mercy Housing Lakefront Contractor: D.G. Beyer, Inc. Location: Williams Bay, Wisconsin

11 WA

Photography: Darris Lee Harris Photography

Jury Comment “This project is a really nicely done rehabilitation. The architect clearly recognized the historic features and worked with them to achieve the new objectives and changing uses of the facility. You almost have to ask what was done, which in many respects is the ideal outcome for this type of project. If it can be done in such a way that nobody notices, that’s a success. The building has been rescued and is once again an important part of the fabric of the campus.�

This historic building, located on the north shore of Lake Geneva on a wooded college campus, had fallen into disrepair over the years. The architect was asked to restore the social and educational functions of the building, originally constructed in 1926, and the shared courtyard. After researching its historic qualities, the decision was made to retain the exterior Arts and Crafts aesthetic shared by other campus buildings through respectful reconstruction and renovation. A new entrance hall was created, and the wings to the courtyard were rebuilt to provide support services. A wraparound porch was reconstructed with period details and lighting. The performance of the entire building was improved by adding insulation, replacing all the windows and installing new heating and cooling units, which enable the building to be used year round. The interior was re-imagined for contemporary campus life while being sympathetic to the original design intent. The centerpiece of the project involved the renovation of the great hall, which was demolished to the structural framing and gained a new polished cement floor that allows at grade access to the exterior courtyard. In addition, the project restored the fireplaces and inserted new vertical glass doors, restoring the concept of free flowing space from the courtyard through the hall and out to the porch facing the lake. The building brings the outdoors in, transforming a warm fireplace study in the winter to an inviting and exciting event space in the summer. Wisconsin Architect 2013

AIA Wisconsin Design Awards 2013

TES Screenwall

Capitol Heating and Power Plant

Merit Award Architect: KEE Architecture Inc. Owner: State of Wisconsin – Division of Facilities Development Contractor: Miron Construction Location: Madison, Wisconsin

Photography: Kristofer Nonn

Jury Comment “This is an elegant and clever disguise, cloaking an otherwise mundane utility project. You have to applaud the client in this instance. They could have done nothing, but instead recognized the value that could be added to this project by great design. However it was achieved, the lighting solution at night revitalizes the area. It is a project that heightens the awareness of the importance of design.”

Wisconsin Architect 2013


This 35’ tall concrete and weathering steel screenwall fully encloses a thermal energy storage (TES) water tank, which was constructed at the same time as an addition to a state power plant. The Capitol Heating and Power Plant was originally built in 1908 to provide steam and electricity to the State Capitol and has undergone numerous renovations and additions over the past century to increase its capacity and output. The most recent renovation converted the plant solely to natural gas, eliminating coal as a fuel source. The TES portion of the renovation involves storing chilled water generated by electric chillers during off-peak hours for subsequent distribution and use during onpeak hours. The screenwall provides a secure enclosure around the TES tank as well as outdoor storage, access and circulation space for the power plant. The shape and configuration of the screenwall respond to the intrinsic form of the TES tank. Its design also considers the history and context of the power plant as well as the larger surrounding industrial downtown neighborhood. The design references for the screenwall pay homage to the proportions, composition and materials of the power plant to which it is attached. The steel ribbons are no-maintenance self-finishing material that will grow in depth and character over time, with a color akin to the brick and terra cotta materials of the original plant. The ribbon pattern consists of nine profiles that repeat around the structure, 270 ribbons in all. Designed for simplified erection, the ribbons were installed in five days. The project revitalizes the power plant and signals a new sustainable approach for generating electricity, steam and chilled water.


Doing business doesn’t come with a warning sign. Help minimize the risk of building with AIA Contract Documents. Get the same contract protection used by many of America’s largest construction companies. AIA Contract Documents are the Industry Standard because they’re strengthened by more than a century’s worth of legal precedent. Courts throughout the country have recognized their legitimacy, making AIA Contract Documents one of the most effective ways to manage risk and protect interests throughout every phase of construction. Widely accepted by all stakeholders because of their fair and balanced approach, AIA Contract Documents cover a complete range of project types through a comprehensive suite of over 160 contract documents.

Get a 30-day free trial of AIA Contract Documents software at



Wisconsin Architect 2013

AIA Wisconsin Golden Award

Wisconsin Architect Josh O. Johnson, AIA, Honored Architect Josh O. Johnson, AIA, Middleton, has been selected to receive the 2013 “Golden Award” from AIA Wisconsin, the state society of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The Golden Award is the highest honor the state architects’ society can bestow upon a member architect. Johnson is being recognized for his distinguished volunteer leadership that began nearly 20 years ago and continues today with his ongoing strategies to engage and inform the public about the power of architecture and the contributions of architects working to build stronger communities. While spearheading innovative educational programs, Johnson also has taken on many important leadership roles for AIA Wisconsin. Through his incredible energy and dedicated service, Johnson has made the enjoyment of architecture more accessible to Wisconsin citizens and demonstrated a true commitment to advancing the architectural profession. The Golden Award will be formally presented to Johnson during a special awards program on May 8 at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison. The event is being held in conjunction with the 2013 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo. The first Golden Award was conferred by the Wisconsin Society of Architects in 1986. Johnson is the twenty-sixth Wisconsin architect to receive the award. “Josh Johnson is being honored for his exceptional contributions as an effective advocate for increasing the public’s awareness about the value of good design and the power of architecture to enhance how we live, work and play,” remarked Eau Claire architect and AIA Wisconsin President David Peterson, AIA, in announcing the selection. “Whether it’s about introducing the basic elements of architecture through the ‘Architects in Schools’ program, coordinating a statewide ‘Design Your Own School’ competition for high school teams or organizing the ‘Wright Design Lecture’ series at Monona Terrace, the 2013 Golden Award recognizes Josh’s inspiring service and remarkable leadership on behalf of his fellow AIA Wisconsin members to strengthen the profession of architecture and improve our communities by design.” Johnson is a project architect with Architectural Design Consultants Inc., with offices in Lake Delton and Verona. A graduate of Texas A & M University with a Bachelor of

Wisconsin Architect 2013


Environmental Design, Johnson also attended Pratt Institute where he received a BS in Architecture. He has been a member of the American Institute of Architects since 1992. When he moved to Madison with his family in 1999, Johnson lost no time becoming involved with AIA Wisconsin. He was elected as an officer of AIA Southwest Wisconsin in 2001, serving as President of the local AIA chapter in 2003. Johnson was appointed to the AIA Wisconsin Executive Committee is 2007 and served at the 2009 President of the state society. A roll-up-your-sleeves and get-the-job-done volunteer by nature, Johnson remains a driving force behind many AIA Wisconsin initiatives, including the annual state convention, design awards program, Wisconsin Architect magazine, sustainable architecture, classroom presentations and public lecture series. Johnson has an insatiable desire to enlighten the young and old alike about the power of architecture and architects to influence their daily lives. Among his most successful and ongoing initiatives, the “Wright Design Series” at the Monona Terrace not only offers a continuing education opportunity for architects, it also broadens public awareness and appreciation of architectural design. This free public design lecture program features renowned architects, architectural educators and allied design professionals who discuss the history, culture and theory of art, design and architecture based on their own unique experiences. Now in its ninth season, the lecture series has become a popular public forum, with nonarchitects in the audience greatly outnumbering architects. Taking architecture to Wisconsin’s elementary classrooms has been another priority for Johnson. He first served as a mentor for the “Terrace Town” program in 2003. This outreach event begins in classrooms around Dane County where architects and other design and planning professionals introduce the basics of architectural design and urban planning. It concludes with a display of student projects that fills the exhibit hall at Monona Terrace. Terrace Town has grown to include 15 schools, 77 teachers and over 1,400 students. “Receiving this recognition is one of the most meaningful events in my life,” remarked Johnson when the award was announced. “AIA Wisconsin has always been filled with great friends who consistently demonstrate a passion for architecture and know that our profession represents the greatest art form of all. I am privileged to share this honor with all who volunteer and contribute their time to bring architecture to the forefront of Wisconsin life.”


Executive Committee

David G. Peterson, AIA President

Jody Andres, AIA Vice President

Melissa M. Henry A. Destree, AIA Kosarzycki, AIA Secretary/Treasurer Past President

Board of Directors

Jody D. Andres, AIA, Neenah Daniel D. Bayer, Assoc. AIA, Greenville Heather Cook Elliott, AIA, Milwaukee Daryl J. Dean, AIA, Rhinelander Melissa M. Destree, AIA, Madison Gregory A. Douglas, AIA, Green Bay Gregory A. Granlund, AIA, Eau Claire Henry A. Kosarzycki, AIA, Greendale Caroline Kruis, Oostburg Jennifer Lehrke, AIA, Glenbeulah Richard Lundeen, AIA, Madison Paul F. Martzke, AIA, Green Bay Ron McCrea, Madison Eric D. Ohlfs, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee Lyssa C. Olker, AIA, Milwaukee James G. Otto, AIA, Hubertus David G. Peterson, AIA, Eau Claire Mark A. Piquette, AIA, Weston Glendali Rodriguez, AIA, Menomonie Melissa Schulteis, Milwaukee Abby V. Vogen Horn, Port Washington Dean Von Tersch, AIA, Waukesha Walter L. Wilson, AIA, Glendale

AIA Regional Directors Mark Swenson, FAIA, Minneapolis Steve Fiskum, FAIA, Minneapolis

Regional Associate Director Devin J. Little, Assoc. AIA, Madison


William M. Babcock, Hon. AIA, Executive Director Brenda K. Taylor, Assoc. AIA, Deputy Director Mary K. Orella, Administration Manager Tracy A. Drinkwater, Administrative Assistant

Members of the American Institute of Architects benefit from professional knowledge and resources, a supportive network of colleagues, and a reputation built on 150 years of service to the design profession. Through membership, more than 80,000 design professionals speak in a collective voice.


Wisconsin congratulates this year’s award

winners for their significant contributions to the profession and our built environment. Advancing the profession of architecture requires an uncompromising commitment to excellence. The execution of a well-designed building requires the collaboration, inspiration and enthusiastic support of the architect, owner and contractor. AIA Wisconsin is a 1,300-member professional society representing architects in private practice, business, industry, government and education. It is the voice of the architectural profession dedicated to serving its members, advancing their value and improving the quality of the built environment. Good design makes a difference. For over 150 years, members of The American Institute of Architects have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. AIA members have access to the right people, knowledge and tools to create better design—and help clients and communities make their visions real. For more information on working with an architect, please contact AIA Wisconsin. 

AIA Wisconsin

321 S. Hamilton St. Madison, WI 53703 (608) 257-8477

Wisconsin Architect 2013

16 WA

AIA WI 2013 Awards  

AIA Wisconsin 2013 Design Award-winning architecture projects and Golden Award Announcement