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2012 Awards Program

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2012 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards

HONOR AWARDS Recognized for overall design excellence.

6 Chazen Museum of Art | Madison, Wisconsin Architect: Continuum Architects & Planners S.C. Machado Silvetti Associates 7 Virtua Voorhees Hospital | Voorhees, New Jersey Architect: HGA Architects and Engineers 8

Stacked Cabin | Muscoda, Wisconsin Architect: Johnsen Schmaling Architects

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Studio for a Composer | Spring Prairie, Wisconsin Architect: Johnsen Schmaling Architects

Design Awards Committee Mark J. Kruser, AIA, Chair Josh O. Johnson, AIA

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

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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.

10 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Cambridge Commons Milwaukee, Wisconsin Architect: HGA Architects and Engineers 11 Mercy Housing at Johnston Center | Milwaukee, Wisconsin Architect: Korb Tredo Architects Inc. 12 Madison Children’s Museum | Madison, Wisconsin Architect: The Kubala Washatko Architects Inc. 13 The Horny Goat Entertainment Complex | Milwaukee, Wisconsin Architect: Rinka Chung Architecture Inc. 14 2012 AIA Wisconsin Golden Award: Thomas R. Cox, AIA

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Wisconsin, the state society of The

A jury of nationally distinguished architects from outside

American Institute of Architects, recognized eight building

Wisconsin selected the award-winning projects. Members

projects for excellence in architectural design as part of its

of the 2012 Design Awards jury were Allen Eskew, FAIA,

2012 Design Awards program.

New Orleans; Lynn Grossman, AIA, St. Louis; and Kevin

This year’s award-winning architecture includes a variety of projects – from a small studio for a musician to a large hospital with a healing environment, from a new addition to an

Nordmeyer, AIA, Des Moines. The chair of AIA Wisconsin’s 58th annual Design Awards program was Mark Kruser, AIA, Middleton.

existing campus art museum to the renovation of an existing

The Design Awards program represents the highest recognition

building for an expanded children’s museum, from a uniquely

given for excellence in architectural design by AIA Wisconsin.

configured cabin in the woods to a new student residence

Honor Awards recognize overall design excellence. Merit

hall for an urban campus, from an elegant design solution to

Awards recognize excellence in particular aspects of

create housing for the homeless to renewal of an industrial site

architectural design.

into a riverfront entertainment complex. The eight building projects were honored for their innovative, straightforward and environmentally sensitive architectural design, as well as for their attention to detail and use of materials. The common thread running through all of the projects is that they were designed by architects who are members of AIA Wisconsin.

The 2012 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards were presented to the architects, building owners and general contractors at a special awards ceremony at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison. 

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Chazen Museum of Art

Honor Award Architect: Continuum Architects & Planners S.C. Machado Silvetti Associates Owner: State of Wisconsin, Division of State Facilities Contractor: J.H. Findorff & Son Inc. Location: Madison, Wisconsin

Photography: Esto Photographics

This three-story addition to the Chazen Museum of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is reverently described by the jury as a “beautiful extension of common sensibility.” The project connects seamlessly to the original museum designed by Henry Weese in 1969. The new and existing buildings unite by a bridge gallery at the third floor to create a promenade of gallery space. The addition doubles the former exhibit area, allowing much of the collection in storage to go on display. Space in the new wing includes a gallery for temporary exhibits, an area for art storage and exhibition preparation, teaching rooms and an auditorium. Taking cues from the original structure, the architect has created a fraternal twin with elegant design interpretations. This is expressed on the exterior with a limestone band that morphs from the existing bed-face stone to the delicate cupped stone of the new addition. An interior court in the new third-floor center gallery descends down the monumental stair and the space opens publically with a double-height glazed lobby. The project’s concept begins as homage to the existing building – yet, through thoughtful design, it is transformed to create new and familiar experiences for viewing art.

Jury Comment “The architect was able to take on the iconic idea and transform it. While keeping some of the main pieces of the original art museum, it creates a totally different building that stands on its own. It is a beautiful extension of common sensibility. We also commend the architect on the superbly simple and elegant detailing throughout. The stone exterior and soffits are very well done, displaying the care and craftsmanship in the design as well as its execution by the contractor.”

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Virtua Voorhess Hospital

Honor Award Architect: HGA Architects and Engineers Owner: Virtua Health Contractor: Turner Construction Company Location: Voorhess, New Jersey

Jury Comment “This is an elegant and clearly nimble solution. The power of this scheme is the access to light. It keeps the relationship to the outside always very close and maintains a connection for the patients and visitors between the inside and the views of the outside. In a time and a world where medical design is becoming more convoluted and fragmented, it’s refreshing to see the power of a simple plan organization and palette of materials that create a special set of experiences and a very supportive healing environment. We applaud the hospital for trusting the architect in the use of durable elegant materials and the contractor’s care in crafting these materials on a large hospital.”

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Photography: Halkin Photography and Scott Francis

“Elegant, nimble and always a connection to outside views” captures the jury’s reaction to this large new replacement hospital located in between wetland preserves and the Atlantic City Expressway in New Jersey. Situated on 125 acres, Virtua Voorhees is a state-of-the-art hospital defined by three areas of care, including women and children, obstetrics and adult medical, and surgical with supporting adult and pediatric emergency departments. The building design features two primary masses: a sensuously curved patient bed tower and a testing, surgical and support services block. Both forms are pinned together by a central spine that distributes people, materials and mechanical systems throughout the building. This feature also will enable the hospital to grow over time. Energy efficient glass and natural materials of stone and wood are prominent to create texture, warmth and a healing environment. The patient tower offers lush views of the preserve, fostering a connection with nature and daylight. Site planning and building massing reflect a sensitive sustainable footprint that draws daylight deep into the facility. Green roofs absorb rainwater, with excess used to recharge the constructed wetlands.

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Stacked Cabin

Honor Award Architect: Johnsen Schmaling Architects Owner: Jeremy and Amanda Hollis Contractor: Rick Hansen Building Location: Muscoda, Wisconsin

Photography: John J. Macaulay

Jury Comment “The vocabulary and approach to this project is absolutely magical and poetic and very other worldly. In no way does this solution fall into the routine cabin in the woods! It is intellectually separate and creates a very fresh way to see nature. Everything about it is luminous – it’s an absolutely glowing design. The detailing is extraordinary. Also, the site positioning is part of the choreography. The three vertical levels – from the solid base to the solid middle with windows to the predominately transparent top floor – make for a terrific set of experiences.” Wisconsin Architect 2012


Hugging the edge of a clearing in a remote Wisconsin forest, a modest threetiered cabin emerges, drawing praise from the jury for its “magical, poetic and absolutely glowing design.” On a tight budget, this rigorously simple structure intentionally leaves a small footprint. The architect took advantage of the sloped site by reconfiguring the typical cabin with outbuildings into a compact modern get-away that’s stacked vertically. The bottom level, carved into a hill, houses a workshop, storage area and a washroom, with a wood-slatted entry. The second tier features an open living hall centered around a wood-burning stove, a galley kitchen and a pair of sleeping rooms. A slender study, stacked on top, creates an intimate third-tier observatory with treetop views. Other thoughtful design solutions include retractable floor-to-ceiling curtains on either side of the living space that conceal or reveal the kitchen and sleeping rooms. The large lift-slide windows along the sides of the living hall offer extensive views and, in the summer, become screened openings for cross ventilation. The meticulously detailed exterior and interior use the readily available materials of the region. Cedar, exposed concrete and anodized metal echo the hues of the surrounding forest and rock formations.


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Studio for a Composer

Honor Award Architect: Johnsen Schmaling Architects Owner: Eric Edstrom Contractor: Vintage Custom Homes, LLC Location: Spring Prairie, Wisconsin

Jury Comment “This is an extraordinarily lean and poetic piece of architecture that correctly matches the very lean elegance of musical composition. The program creates a space for a musician to compose. Its minimalistic response eliminates all the distractions and is contrasted by an abundance of nature. The building does what it was intended to do with the simplicity of a well-executed project.”

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Photography: John J. Macaulay

Described by the jury as “an extraordinarily lean and poetic piece of architecture,” this intimate retreat serves as a studio for a country western musician to write and record his work in a rural suburb of Milwaukee. While the building is contemporary in design with its exacting details and restrained use of materials, it continues the tradition of Midwestern pastoral architecture through clear function and craftsmanship. A concrete podium, carved into a hill to provide storage space, supports a simple rectangular volume for the studio area with an exterior of weathering steel. On each end, oversized glazed openings provide access to the studio as well as the grassy roof of the storage area and pleasant views of the wooded terrain. An extended steel exterior also creates a covered porch. The studio space rests on a narrow clerestory that gives the illusion of floating above its concrete base. During the day, the clerestory welcomes natural light into the storage space below and, at nightfall, emits a soft glow. The building materials include locally sourced concrete, steel, glass and wood – all chosen for their ability to age gracefully over time.

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University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

Cambridge Commons

Merit Award Architect: HGA Architects and Engineers Owner: UWM Real Estate Foundation Contractor: KBS Construction, Inc. Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Photography: UWM and John J. Korom Photography

Jury Comment “Through its campus and urban design solution, this building is making special internal and external gestures. By sitting the ground floor on top of the parking garage and creating the courtyard, the entire complex integrates nicely into the urban neighborhood. There also is a pleasant and wonderfully consistent relationship between the exterior and interior, with a lot of daylight. We like that the architect resisted the temptation to make the lawn a patio deck, choosing instead to create a recreational area for active sports and play. This underscores the directness of the project.”

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Cambridge Commons, a new residence hall for the University of WisconsinMilwaukee, is located along the city’s busy North Avenue where it crosses the deep ravine created by the Milwaukee River. According to the jury, “The entire complex integrates nicely into the urban neighborhood.” Designed to house primarily freshman students, the 700-bed residence also provides firstfloor common spaces, including a dining hall, laundry room, fitness facility and four classrooms, resting above a parking structure. The residence halls are three separate masses arranged in a U-shape around a courtyard that faces the forested river bluff. The building facades line the urban street edges and offer a selection of retail businesses and a café open to the public. The courtyard encourages outdoor activities. Enclosed glass bridges connect the buildings and present additional study space, lounges, bountiful daylight and distant views of the city. The five upper floors house the student rooms as well as common living rooms with kitchens to meet and socialize. Exterior building materials of brick and dark metal articulate a clean horizontal design. The building includes sustainable design features such as green roofs, porous pavements and rain gardens of native plants.


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Mercy Housing at Johnson Center Merit Award Architect: Korb Tredo Architects, Inc. Owner: Mercy Housing Lakefront Contractor: D.G. Beyer, Inc. Location: New Berlin, Wisconsin

Jury Comment “This project shows that the social responsibility to provide housing for diverse populations in our communities can be done with simplicity, elegance and confidence. The new building makes sense with the existing renovated building. The architect accepted the original context and extended, edited and slightly rearranged it so that, in the end, it is a very comfortable progressive vernacular that is almost seamless. We respect this project for the reality of social justice and the architect as civic citizen.”

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Photography: Amanda Gerken

Mercy Housing at Johnson Center “shows social responsibility, simplicity and elegance,” the jury commented about this former hospital building that was renovated and expanded to establish Milwaukee’s first fully supportive housing facility. Vacated ten years ago, the 1920s structure on the city’s near south side was chosen as a catalyst to create a permanent solution for the chronically homeless. The facility now contains 91 studio apartments plus leased spaces for supportive services, such as basic medical, career counseling, drug and alcohol counseling, as well as a technology lab and community center. To meet the owner’s objectives, the architect provided a design solution that is indistinguishable from a market-rate development and also blends a modern addition that features high sustainability and universal accessibility with an existing structure, which had few of those characteristics. The project includes passive sustainable strategies, including extensive daylighting and active energy-saving systems. An array of roof-top solar panels augments the building’s hot water supply. In the existing building, original materials like terrazzo flooring, brass handrails and exterior lighting fixtures have been reused and hazardous materials were removed. Since its opening, the project has helped to reduce Milwaukee County’s homeless rate.

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Madison Children’s Museum

Merit Award Architect: The Kubala Washatko Architects Inc. Owner: Madison Children’s Museum Contractor: J.H Findorff & Son Inc. Location: Madison, Wisconsin

Photography: Zane Williams

Jury Comment “We like the restraint the architect had for rejuvenating the facades and creating a new museum facility that provides a great series of discovery spaces for kids, culminating on the roof. There was a lot of risk taking at the roof level. We admire the outstanding repurposing of an existing building and the absolute child-like whimsy of the roofscape. What the architect has done is taken a background building and created a building to remember.”

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Originally a 1930s department store and then a state office building, the new Madison Children’s Museum is lauded by the jury for its “outstanding repurposing and the absolute whimsy of the roof scape.” Located on the Capitol Square, the renovation of the museum’s new home triples the space of its previous facility, with an additional two floors available for future expansion. Pre-existing structural challenges, such as varying floor heights and placement of load-bearing columns, were overcome by the architect’s design, which opened several floor plates to create multistory spaces, exhibit flexibility and visual interest. This visual linkage is critical for drawing visitors to higher exhibit levels in the building. The existing roof has been converted into an inviting green roof playscape for family and school groups as well as for museum and community events. A glass retaining wall around its perimeter provides dramatic views of the State Capitol and Lake Mendota. Sustainability is key to the museum’s building, exhibits and operation. Features include daylighting through restored storefront windows, the use of reclaimed local construction materials, rainwater collection and roof-mounted photovoltaic panels donated by the local utility company. The new facility greatly expands the museum’s capacity to serve larger audiences, older children and visiting school groups with a multi-discipline program of the arts, sciences, history and civic engagement.


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The Horny Goat Entertainment Complex

Merit Award Architect: Rinka Chung Architecture Inc. Owner: Horny Goat Brewing Company Contractor: Castlerock Construction Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Jury Comment

“It’s refreshing to see a simple pavilion and deck that complements an existing structure. The project is all about the experience. It’s what you want on urban waterfronts – refreshing authenticity. Through its openness, transparency and simple detailing, the building possesses the spirit that it should have along a river in an unforced way. We like the disarmingly simple site plan and the selection of industrial materials, put together in a simple and consistent vocabulary that makes the project an authentic assemblage. It shows the power of energizing a place and an owner who has a commitment to an area that typically would be ignored.”

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Photography: Rinka Chung Architecture

Located along the Kinnickinnic River in the heart of Milwaukee’s industrial riverfront community, The Horny Goat Entertainment Complex is “what you want on urban waterfronts – refreshing authenticity,” the jury noted. This project began as a simple program calling for the redesign of the existing restaurant’s kitchen, an outdoor area for volleyball and a covered outdoor bar. However, the architect recognized the site’s potential with its open space occupied by industrial remnants of a previous life. Envisioned as a destination, the new site design embraces the river and beckons boaters and landlubbers alike. The removal of industrial equipment made way for the volleyball courts, green space, three-season bar, patio, river boardwalk with boat slips and nice vantage points of the city. Both the architecture and the building materials capture the identity of the Horny Goat Brewery & Pub as well as Milwaukee’s industrial past. Exposed wood beams, inverted wood joists, steel cable railings and a aluminum storefront with operable louvers reflect a simplicity of materials that takes cues from the neighborhood’s industrial surroundings and the site’s nautical history. The renovation and expansion of this well-loved brew pub shows what can be achieved when clients and architects push the boundaries.

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Wisconsin Architect Thomas R. Cox, AIA, Honored Architect Thomas R. Cox, AIA, Appleton, has been selected to receive the 2012 “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. Cox is being recognized for his distinguished volunteer leadership of the Institute and demonstrated commitment to advancing the architectural profession. Throughout his career, Cox has been a proactive member and has served in a long list of AIA leadership positions at the local, state and national level. He also has earned the enviable reputation as a champion and advocate for integrated project delivery and sustainable design, two important trends that are changing the profession and the way in which architects practice. The Golden Award was presented formally to Cox during a special awards program at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison. The first Golden Award was conferred by the Wisconsin Society of Architects in 1986. Cox is the twenty-fifth Wisconsin architect to receive the award. “Tom Cox is being honored for his exceptional contributions as a dedicated leader who has advanced the profession of architecture in both words and deeds,” remarked AIA Wisconsin president Henry Kosarzycki, AIA, Greendale, in announcing the selection. “Tom is a most deserving recipient of the 2012 Golden Award. We are grateful for his 30 years of inspiring service, impressive commitment and remarkable leadership on behalf of his fellow members to strengthen the profession of architecture and improve our communities by design.” Cox is the president of Cox Group Architects, LLC, an integrated project delivery firm based in Appleton, specializing in sustainable educational facilities with a focus on collaborative sustainable design and construction services. He also is a consultant on integrated project delivery, co-authoring the AIA/ AGC Primer on Project Delivery and speaking widely on this

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topic. Receiving his architecture degree from the University of Nebraska, Cox began his leadership path as an active member of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). When he moved to Appleton with his family in 1997, Cox quickly became involved with the local all volunteer AIA Northeast Wisconsin chapter. He was elected as the 2000 president of the local AIA chapter. In 2001, Cox was appointed to the AIA Wisconsin executive committee; and he served as the 2003 state AIA president. During his leadership of AIA Wisconsin, Cox led a successful initiative to strengthen relationships and increase collaboration with allied design and construction industry organizations, represented the state on the national AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE), and coordinated successful professional development programs on emerging technology and design tools, firm management, ownership transition and integrated practice topics. A staunch advocate for sustainable design, he was instrumental in the creation of the Sustainability & Energy Efficiency (SE²) Leadership Awards program sponsored by the Focus on Energy, AIA Wisconsin and other allied organizations. Cox also was elected to the board of directors of the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance in 2003 and served as the president of this organization in 2008 and 2009. Cox currently serves on the national AIA Board of Directors, representing architects in Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota. In addition, he is the co-chair of the AIA’s Center for Integrated Practice (CIP) Leadership Group, which recently drafted the national position statement on project delivery. “There is no greater joy than being recognized for participating in areas that you are passionate about,” remarked Tom Cox, AIA, when the award was announced. “It’s truly a great honor to receive the Golden Award and be a part of the collective voice of our profession.”


AIA Wisconsin Executive Committee

Henry A. Kosarzycki, AIA President

David G. Peterson, AIA Vice President

Jody Thomas Andres, AIA Hirsch, FAIA 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 Matthew S. Edwards, AIA, Milwaukee Janine M. Glaeser, AIA, Monona Gregory A. Granlund, AIA, Eau Claire Thomas Hirsch, FAIA, Madison Henry A. Kosarzycki, AIA, Greendale Caroline Kruis, Oostburg Erica Lee, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee Paul F. Martzke, AIA, Green Bay Ron McCrea, Madison James G. Otto, AIA, Hubertus Jason T. Pelletier, AIA, Madison David G. Peterson, AIA, Eau Claire Mark A. Piquette, AIA, Weston Kurt G. Schroeder, AIA, La Crosse Melissa Schulteis, Milwaukee Chad M. Ulman, AIA, Appleton Abby V. Vogen Horn, Port Washington

AIA Regional Directors Thomas R. Cox, AIA, Appleton Mark Swenson, FAIA, Minneapolis

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


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

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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. ď Ž

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