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2018 Commercial Design Awards

Creative interiors stood out to a trio of judges who selected the winners in our annual Commercial Design Awards program.

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Delta Properties – Center for Healthy Minds

Best Office Renovation

A remodel of Delta Properties and their tenant, the Center for Healthy Minds, was undertaken to create a calming, inviting space for staff and patients. It does so with a tranquil combination of natural light, earth tones, and warm (and original) building materials.

The 43,818-square-foot building, located in a downtown Madison facility in the former Kennedy Dairy, originally was constructed in the early 1900s. Key original character traits were retained to keep the aesthetic feel, and included the large windows facing West Washington Avenue, which run the entire length of one side of the building and flood the interior space with natural light, and a delightfully earthy surprise in the exposed brick walls that were revealed during demolition work.

An existing skylight provides light to the first and second floors, and a custom-built staircase of steel and reclaimed wood timbers is now a focal point connecting the first and second floor under the skylight.

The project uses reclaimed timber in the custom stair treads and reclaimed wood in various tabletops and ledges throughout the building. Its original brick walls were exposed, repaired, and incorporated into the new design.

The use of these naturally warm and inviting materials brought the structure “up to speed” while maintaining the flavor of building history, according to one judge. “What’s very appealing is the capture of the skylight through the staircase, and it really brings in natural light to a large part of the space,” he notes. “The architecture of the stairway and the placement of the stairway brings it to both stories of the space.”

“They made good use of the existing building, the former dairy building, and they retained elements of that history as opposed to completely obliterating it,” offered another judge. “You get a sense of dialogue between the old and the new.”

Project credits

Location: 625 W. Washington Ave., Madison, WI 53703
Owner/Developer: Delta Properties
General Contractor: Ideal Builders
Architect: Ferch Architecture
Photography: Mike Rebholz Photography
Completion Date: January 2017

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