2022 Commercial Design Awards: Better build environments

From the pages of In Business magazine.

Many professionals have the responsibility to make America beautiful and sustainable, but architects have a special responsibility because they design residential and commercial buildings. Even though the pandemic and its aftermath mean we don’t spend as much time in an office setting, the “build environment” hasn’t lost its significance.

Given the many business and societal benefits of high-level commercial design, this professional discipline matters as much as any other creative-class endeavor, and that explains why IB established an annual Commercial Design Awards program.

This year’s awards program drew submissions from schools, apartment projects, health care facilities, retail stores, and arts facilities. In each building type, commercial design will continue to be an important way to brand your organization’s vision and culture, serve as a valuable workforce attraction and retention tool, and illustrate your commitment to sustainability — and sustainable features weighed heavily on the minds of our distinguished panel of CDA judges

The judges [see below] were tasked with selecting a Project of the Year and several category winners from projects that were completed in calendar year 2021 and submitted for this year’s CDA program. In addition to the Project of the Year, which also happened to win in the category of Best New Development or Renovation–Civic, winners were chosen in the categories of Best New Development–Office and Best New Development or Renovation in health care, mixed use, residential (multiunit), hotel, restaurant or bar, retail, and other. Judges’ comments on each of the winners (not attributed) are provided inside.

Once again, statewide projects were considered along with those in Greater Madison, and readers will note a couple of winners from outside of Dane County.

Harvest Intermediate School

Project of the Year, Best New Development or Renovation–Civic

0822 Editorialcontent Cda ProjectoftheyearHarvest Intermediate School in DeForest isn’t the first school or even the first intermediate school to be selected Project of the Year in the history of our Commercial Design Awards program, but its unique design engages students in a physical sense and has the potential to foster creativity and engagement. That’s the consensus of our CDA judges, who appreciate the way designers blended the new, 200,000-square-foot school with its natural surroundings. The school is positioned on rural farmland, adjacent to a creek, and integrates with the surrounding landscape to create outdoor learning spaces.

In addition, Harvest Intermediate School features a modern design of wood, and its steel exteriors transition into the interior space of the school, blending elements together to maintain a consistent flow. Skylights and large windows provide additional natural light throughout the building, and the color palette is subtle and pulls from surrounding natural elements.

“The mix of materials, colors, nooks, and large wood stair platforms (for gathering and teaching) is well coordinated,” notes one judge. “From the outside to the inside, the design fosters engagement and creativity.”

Avoiding the institutional feeling of many schools impressed another judge. “They took the design and turned it into a warm learning environment for children. The use of a more prairie-style design brought the warmth of that environment into the building, and the interior, as expansive as it is with the spaces of the open areas, helped to encourage collaboration for the students, for studying, for socializing, and taking the institution of an educational building out of play.”

Natural light isn’t the school’s only sustainable feature. Designers placed photovoltaic panels on the roof, generating electricity throughout 50% of the building as well as incorporating a geothermal system into the building design. The geothermal system is visible for students to see and understand how it regulates interior temperatures.

One CDA judge appreciates the intentional placement of sustainable features in view of students to promote learning, but all judges felt that building designers had sustainability covered from top to bottom. One judge liked the geothermal system, not so much because it was a geothermal system, but because it’s visible for schoolchildren to see and “start understanding the importance of incorporating sustainability and green features into buildings, into lives. It really puts a stamp on the importance of that.”

LOCATION: 6781 North Towne Road, DeForest, WI 53532
OWNER/DEVELOPER: DeForest Area School District
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.
ENGINEER: Frederiksen Engineering, R.A. Smith Inc., MSA Professional Services Inc., Salas O’Brien, Kapur


Best New Development or Renovation: Mixed Use

0822 Editorialcontent Cda Feat ArdenMadison continues to build (and need) multifamily housing, and one of the latest additions is the 725,000-square-foot Arden, a high-end retail and luxury apartment building that serves multiple needs in the Tenney-Lapham neighborhood.

Arden and its attached building, the Madison Youth Arts Center (MYArts), represents the completion of the once blighted block of 1000 E. Washington Ave. The prior use for the block was a dairy factory that had been unused for a decade, and Arden facilitated the construction of MYArts, which is partially completed on top of a shared parking garage.

The interior design concept is based and named after the Forest of Arden in William Shakespeare’s play As You Like It. It features modern apartment homes with spacious floor plans and oversized windows.

Most of the common areas are designed to resemble the forest and the autumn season through colorful walls and textured patterns in the carpet. Upon entry of the main lobby and the rooftop lounge, large artwork of branches hang overhead, and greenery surrounds the perimeter and gathering areas. Overall, the color palette has shades of reds, oranges, and greens with differentiating accent walls for the corridors to give each floor its own personality.

In addition to bringing people into the heart of the city through its comfortable living options and retail spaces, Arden attempts to bring the surrounding area together with spaces available for public and community use. “This project has artfully brought in a modern interpretation of Shakespeare’s great Forest of Arden from As You Like It,” notes one CDA judge. “Spaces are gracious, welcoming, and visually interesting. Apartments seem well appointed and feel expansive.”

“I think it’s amazing what they did with the design,” says another judge. “The balconies and the floor-to-ceiling glass really bring in the beauty of the scenery that Madison offers. You can get that through the way they used the outdoor balconies. You can become a part of it, and the floor-to-ceiling glass really lets that landscape in.”

LOCATION: 1050 E. Washington Ave., Madison WI 53703
OWNER/DEVELOPER: Stone House Development Inc.
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Stevens Construction Co.
ENGINEER: Pierce Engineers Inc.
PHOTOGRAPHY: C&N Photo (Chris and Natalie Paskus)

SSM Health Dean Medical Group and Fond Du Lac Regional Clinic

Best New Development or Renovation: Health Care

0822 Editorialcontent Cda Feat SsmhealthA CDA judge has described WELL Building Standards as “LEED on steroids.” If that’s the case, SSM Health Dean Medical Group’s new Fond du Lac Regional Clinic is pumped up about providing services to residents of Beaver Dam and surrounding communities. To help them get well, it was important to incorporate the performance-based WELL Building Standards within the facility.

The WELL design features include a public staircase visible from the lobby to promote physical activity for patients and staff, open public spaces with natural views and connections to the outdoors, enhanced wayfinding to the receptionist desk and second floor, outdoor space for staff that connects to the employee lounge, and acoustically improved exterior walls to prevent noise from nearby Hwy. 151.

Architecture and design features also include site planning to honor existing wetlands, increased insulation in walls and roof, and a premium curtain wall framing for higher performing windows with enhanced low-emissivity (low-e) glazing for better window assembly performance. “The SSM Health Dean Medical Group … is a thoughtful response to the ongoing needs of our aging communities,” states one CDA judge. “The soaring entry welcomes visitors and the large windows allow light to penetrate deep into the building, assisting with patient comfort.”

The avoidance of a depressing, sterile, institutional environment, which is being emphasized in newer medical facilities, impressed another judge. “I thought their use of the very warm materials, the large floor-to-ceiling glass allowing in the natural light, really promotes a feeling of ease and comfort for patients coming in. If you were to tell me I was in a medical facility, I would tell you I’ve gone to the wrong place because it doesn’t look like one.”

The 39,803-square-foot clinic specializes in family medicine, imaging services, obstetrics/gynecology, on-site prescription center, and specialty services. Patients can receive all the care they need from one clinic location, catering to service provided by 30 health care providers and additional support staff.

There are a variety of sustainable features, but one judge highlighted the deft, balanced use of low-e glass. “That’s one big thing with WELL [Building Standards] — it has a lot to do with thermal energy coming in through that building, and if you can’t get the solar heat loads down, you can’t have that much square footage of glass. So, it’s definitely the use of the low-e glass that allowed them to create the design they got.”

LOCATION: 130 Corporate Drive, Beaver Dam, WI 53916
OWNER/DEVELOPER: SSM Health Dean Medical Group
ENGINEER: IMEG Corp., JSD (civil engineer)
PHOTOGRAPHY: Peter McCullough

Dr. Daniel Hale Williams Rock County Resource Center

Best Renovation: Office

0822 Editorialcontent Cda Feat DrdanielhaleAfter commissioning a countywide Facilities Master Plan in 2018, Rock County sought a new location to better utilize and consolidate its human services with an efficient and user-friendly single location.

Human services previously had been delivered at five locations throughout the county, and residents requiring interface with more than one department frequently were required to travel from location to location. The solution was to rehabilitate a vacant, centrally located former grocery store, which provided more than 120,000 square feet of convertible space, is centrally located, and features adequate parking and access to public transportation — enabling the department to consolidate human services to one building.

Rock County’s Department of Human Services and programs have a direct impact on over 20% of the county’s population, including abused and neglected children. One CDA judge called it a remarkable transformation of a rundown shopping center into a warm, welcome environment for troubled children who don’t need to feel like they are being institutionalized. “The fact that they were able to transform this square box into this center, I thought they did an amazing job. That they were able to find a great location, a central location, to combine the use was just a bonus.”

When designing the facility, daylight was identified as a critical aspect to the success of the project, and the renovation of the building’s roof structure incorporated 108 skylights as well as a brightly lit courtyard gathering space. The skylights even fill remote spaces with natural light.

“The multiple skylights and strategically placed windows helped transform a basic, dark building into an open and airy space,” admires one judge.

Another judge was more succinct but no less impressed. “Successful elevation of humble existing conditions … Prioritization of daylight access for all users.”

LOCATION: 1717 Center Ave., Janesville, WI 53546
ENGINEER: Harwood Engineering Consultants
PHOTOGRAPHY: Angie Bobzien

Hilton Garden Inn

Best New Development or Renovation: Hotel

0822 Editorialcontent Cda Feat HiltonThe Hilton Garden Inn brand has come to the 700 block of Regent Street, transforming the location into a mixed-use, urban community with upscale accommodations for business and leisure travelers, but it was a local focus on transforming construction that made this project unique.

The strategic location could make it a preferred choice for out-of-town teams and fans attending events at the Kohl Center. The northwest corner of the hotel features an outdoor gallery walk, consisting of heavily landscaped and meandering limestone trails with bench seating for the public to enjoy pieces of art commissioned by artist Danielle Willett-Rabin.

“Colorful and welcoming, the public spaces in the Hilton Garden Inn bring an upscale, urban vibe,” observes one CDA judge. “The contrast of the cooler toned white solid surface against the warm, rectilinear wood tones is engaging yet still feels comfortable.”

Adds another judge, whose favorite architectural/interior design feature is the well-balanced interior finish palette: “As a design solution it is very straightforward; fabrication strategies seem interesting.”

Make that interesting and practical. For the sake of efficiency, the exterior panels were flown directly into place, complete with sheathing and windows already installed. The interior panels were landed on the deck and rapidly installed on-site. “Reducing waste during all phases of design and construction is critical to helping all of us solve supply chain issues as well as improving domestic manufacturing,” notes one judge.

Another judge also applauded the prefabricated construction because it helped make the project complete. “There are three things in construction, and I always tell clients you have to pick two of them because you can’t get three of them, and those are cost, quality, and schedule,” the judge states. “With what they were able to accomplish with this pre-fabbing, they were able to get all three.”

LOCATION: 770 Regent St., Madison, WI 53715
OWNER/DEVELOPER: Apple Hospitality REIT Inc., Mortenson Development Inc.
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Mortenson Construction
ARCHITECT/INTERIOR DESIGN: Kahler Slater Architects, Design Force Corp.
ENGINEER: Vierbicher
PHOTOGRAPHY: Eric Heimlich Photography
COMPLETION DATE: February 2021

NoVo Apartments

Best New Development: Residential (Multiunit)

0822 Editorialcontent Cda Feat NovoLocated on a prominent underutilized city block, formerly master planned as Judge Doyle Square, the 159,000-square-foot NoVo Apartments is an urban infill redevelopment with the goal of bringing both market rate and much needed affordable housing (23% of the 162 units) to downtown Madison.

The design team was challenged with a defined floorplate from the existing parking structure podium that featured a sweeping curve. Rather than downplay this element, they embraced and even celebrated it by continuing the sweeping façade upwards.

Its location on a prominent site meant there was no “back door” to the project, so every façade required careful attention to detail. The final design is refined and contemporary while respecting the views and scale of the adjacent downtown streets. This includes a thoughtful blend of metal panels complimented by soft brick and exposed balconies. At the street level, public functions line the street façades, activating the street for pedestrians.

The curving façade is clad in two layers of metal panel materials with different textures. The sleekness of the metal panels accentuates the curving façade, while the window pattern breaks down the scale of the building to represent the residential uses.

CDA judges took particular notice of the curved floorplate, which “allows the building to be raised above the street in an engaging and interesting manner,” states one judge. “The elegant, curved floor plate and mix of materials on the exterior set the tone for the rest of the design.”

Given its design quality and the fact it overcomes a challenging site, the NoVo project was one of the favorites of another CDA judge. “I love how they were able to develop a first-class, aesthetically beautiful building,” the judge says. “The way they designed and constructed it, for affordable housing, was amazing … With the use of the curved walls, it doesn’t look like the typical square building that you would think of when you talk about other examples of affordable and low-income housing.”

There are sustainable features aplenty, and designers sought to minimize the impact to the surrounding environment with the city’s first blue roof, which is paired with green roof terraces. The roof enabled them to control water runoff without occupying ground they didn’t have. “It gave them more gravity for what they wanted to do with the site,” notes one judge. “They were able to incorporate it in the design of the roof rather than in a storm retention pond that the site would not allow.”

DESIGN ARCHITECT: Potter Lawson Inc.
ARCHITECT IN CHARGE: Knothe & Bruce Architects
INTERIOR DESIGN: Potter Lawson Inc.
ENGINEER: Fink Horejsh LLC
PHOTOGRAPHY: C&N Photography

Sprinkman Real Estate and Design

Best New Development: Office

0822 Editorialcontent Cda Feat SprinkmanThe purpose of this project was to create a space for the realtors of Sprinkman Real Estate and the interior designers of Sprinkman Design Collective to provide a seamless process for clients to find a house and make it their home. Designers were challenged to encourage collaboration between the two business entities in a comfortable, open office in the heart of downtown Madison.

The 6,200-square-foot facility, set inside of a historic building, features modern furnishings, unique finishes, and thoughtful architectural details. The workspace also doubles as a show floor where clients can see, test, and ultimately purchase furniture pieces, allowing them to receive designer items with confidence and giving Sprinkman realtors an opportunity to update the look and feel of the office.

The offices feature floor-to-ceiling windows across three sides of the property to flood the interior with natural light and dim it with electronically controlled Lutron shades. It also features natural finishes including wood detail on ceilings and walls and live plants throughout from floor, to table, to wall. “Bright, intriguing, and welcoming,” notes one CDA judge who praised the office’s interactive feel. “Color and material planes slide past each other in both the vertical and horizontal plane, sparking interest and curiosity.”

A favored architectural feature for CDA judges is the wood slat ceiling that is sometimes floating and sometimes enveloped into a ceiling cove, which adds a common thread that moves through the office’s private and public areas. “The black accent walls and trim add another spark of interest to the crisp white walls,” says one judge.

Another judge praised the interior detailing for its neutral palette “juxtaposed with more saturated art choices,” while a third judge lauded the “dual creation” as an amazing office environment for employees, particularly the daylight harvesting. “It allowed them to bring in natural light, and with the vast number of plants, give it that homey feel while at the same time incorporating green features and sustainable building practices.”

LOCATION: 622 W. Washington Ave., Suite 100
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Stevens Construction
ARCHITECT/INTERIOR DESIGN: Destree Design Architects, Sprinkman Design Collective
ENGINEER: Stevens Construction
PHOTOGRAPHY: Martin Menocal

Patio Pleasures Pools and Spas

Best New Development or Renovation: Retail

0822 Editorialcontent Cda Feat PatioPatio Pleasures, a local spa, pool, and sauna dealer, has gained a reputation in the pool and spa industry for its showroom designs, the variety of products it displays, and services that assist in creating pleasurable outdoor spaces. Located in Madison, the retailer also has become synonymous with Adirondack style poly-wood furniture and other outdoor furnishings that suit summer lifestyles.

But when you pride yourself on a top-notch customer experience and the level and amount of service offered in-house, you can’t get your showroom wrong. Based on feedback from our CDA judges, their new showroom design conveys just the kind of experience people want in their own backyard.

On an average day, their service is offered to anywhere from 20 to 80 people who come through the showroom, and that’s why the new showroom design becomes a visible advertisement. CDA judges noted that it’s not only a straightforward approach to functional needs, but also displays fine form to, as the operators of Patio Pleasures might say, inspire the endless weekend.

“Designed to showcase outdoor kitchens, spas, and living areas, the showroom is inviting and well laid out,” notes one judge. “Windows are large and filter the light in an engaging manner, which encourages customers to try products. With a slight industrial bent, it’s a fun building that embraces its product.”

Judges also note there are several whimsical touches throughout the building, including the flamingo-themed wallpaper in the bathroom, which in the words of one judge “helps tie together the overall building design.”

Another judge simply applauded the ambiance of the showroom. “I think it was a great way to incorporate their product and, architecturally, to create a welcome experience for their showroom,” states the judge. “It’s not like a car dealership where you’re walking in, and you just see a bunch of products there in circles. They did a good job of warming it up and introducing some cool colors and not this bright, artificially lit-up place.

“They were able to create an ambiance of what it’s going to be like to come home, go to your deck in the late afternoon or evening, and relax in your hot tub.”

LOCATION: 6622 Watts Road, Madison, WI 53719
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Supreme Structures
ARCHITECT: DM Architecture (Dave Manganaro)
ENGINEER: McCoy Engineering

The Harvey House

Best New Development or Renovation: Restaurant or Bar

0822 Editorialcontent Cda Feat HarveyhouseHidden behind Madison’s Historic Train Depot, The Harvey House is a celebration of Wisconsin’s iconic supper clubs, and now it has another reason to celebrate. Brought back to life by Shaina and Joe Papach, the old baggage claim house (and train car) is now home to a stunning renovation.

At its heart, The Harvey House is inspired by the golden era of train travel and the post-Prohibition boom of supper clubs in the Midwest. Designed by Brooklyn-based Home Studios, The Harvey House’s interior incorporates the building’s original brick walls and woodwork with new marble details, locally sourced fixtures, and fully renovated open kitchen with a custom Bonnet Cooking Suite.

With over 150 seats dispersed across multiple levels, guests can choose their own adventure in a fully glassed-in train platform, first-level bar, and refurbished private train car, or the cozy second floor — all complete with murals depicting pastoral Wisconsin landscapes commissioned by artist Jessica Nielo-White.

CDA judges agree that the renovation that produced these features is a beautiful approach to historic space. “A clever design that elevates the historic feel of the space, The Harvey House is a place that engages many of the senses,” states one judge. “A visual feast, the mix of materials and textures invites the guest to linger while providing interesting glimpses of brick, steel, bolstered fabric, soft daylight, and a variety of light fixtures.”

Favorite design features include the updated paneled ceiling, lit glass diffuser above the bar counter, and steel stair railings in the bar area. “All evoke a bygone era,” notes one judge. “The feel of the railroad station is still evident yet elevated to today’s modern traveler.”

Another judge cites the restaurant’s “layered and well curated material palette and subtle layering of light,” which also contribute to the era of an old train station.

“As travel continues to evolve, retaining old train stations is an evocative way to continue to share and celebrate our past stories,” notes another judge.

LOCATION: 644 W. Washington Ave., Madison, WI 53715
OWNER/DEVELOPER: Joe and Shaina Papach
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Supreme Structures
ARCHITECT/INTERIOR DESIGN: McFadden & Company, Home Studios
ENGINEER: Bear Valley Engineering (MEP)
PHOTOGRAPHY: Nicole Franzen

Madison Youth Arts Center

Best New Development or Renovation: Other (Cultural/Community)

0822 Editorialcontent Cda Feat MadisonyouthartsMany youth arts organizations are hampered by overcrowded, costly, unaffordable space. This lack of space limits their ability to offer more educational programs and reach more children, but the new MYArts, Madison’s youth arts center, is different.

MYArts is home to anchor organizations Madison Youth Choirs and Children’s Theater of Madison and provides much-needed space for local youth arts organizations. The new center includes 15 rehearsal studios and classrooms designed for music, theater, and dance; a 300-seat theater; visual art gallery space; and two outdoor patios for gatherings, programs, and event spaces.

The project provided a unique logistical challenge in that a portion of the arts center is built atop an adjacent building simultaneously being constructed by another firm, which required some coordination. As for the end product, the Madison Youth Arts Center will welcome more than 25,000 young people annually by 2025. Among the CDA judges favorite architectural features are the articulated panels on the exterior because while serious and business-like from the front, one judge says they provide a glimpse of color when viewed obliquely, “foreshadowing the delight and whimsy that awaits inside.”

Another judge cited the building’s energetic architectural solution. “Interesting collection of functional spaces that seem to all have different voices but speak the same language.”

A third judge says not only does the building fill a void for art students, but its designers were also able, through the use of color and materials, to create a warm learning environment. “The open spaces are great for their purposefulness, although there are also some open areas for collaboration and socializing, and they have done some cool things with lighting,” the judge says.

In the construction process, contaminated soil underneath the structure was removed, improving the community’s water supply, plant, and animal health. One judge says the fact that project managers were able to remove unsuitable soil “completely helps the overall after effect of using a building … that’s the biggest green feature that stood out to me — that they were able to do that.”

LOCATION: 1055 E. Mifflin St., Madison, WI 53703
COMPLETION DATE: April 30, 2021

Urban Land Interests, U.S. Bank Plaza, Rooftop Renovation

Best New Development or Renovation: Other

0822 Editorialcontent Cda Feat UrbanlandThe historically notable U.S. Bank Plaza building in downtown Madison is situated in a prominent location across from the Capitol building, so the project to renovate the existing 20,000-square-foot roof deck was an opportunity to turn an underutilized space into a tenant amenity.

Actually, architects turned the roof deck into an extension of all tenant workspaces, but the design still had to complement the contemporary nature of its surroundings. The resulting design creates a lush ecosystem that offers a view of Madison’s iconic Capitol and provides a flexible public gathering space that can be separated into smaller spaces or be used to host large events.

The design team strategically provided taller planters of substantial depth to host larger and more impactful plant varieties without modifying the structural grid. The “robust planter” strategy was necessary to support plants large enough to provide shade, and function to break down the otherwise expansive roof terrace.

Due to the roof’s orientation to direct sunlight, minimizing of impact of solar heat was an important design factor. Specific tall plant types were selected based on the amount of shade they provide and were arranged throughout. The design team also introduced a strategic microclimate for pollinators such as bees and for ducks that live on the roof.

“Vibrant and alive, this U.S. Bank Plaza roof terrace welcomes interaction and community,” notes one CDA judge. “With a mix of planter styles, shady and sunny areas, places to gather or work alone, the design welcomes utilization of a previously underutilized roof area.”

In terms of sustainability, judges cited the updating of a previously basic rooftop and various green design aspects such as the strategic microclimates for wildlife. That was the green feature that stood out to one judge — the sensitivity to accommodating the aforementioned bees and ducks. “I would never have thought of incorporating a design that brings in natural wildlife into a rooftop design. I think that is really cool.”

LOCATION: U.S. Bank, 1 S. Pinckney St., Madison, WI 53703
OWNER/DEVELOPER: Urban Land Interests
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Vogel Bros. Building Co.
ENGINEER: SmithGroup
PHOTOGRAPHY: Peter McCullough


Meet the judges

Barbara J. Felix, AIA, Founding principal, Barbara Felix Architecture + Design

Barbara Felix, an award-winning architect, founded Barbara Felix Architecture + Design in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1998. Recognized for its Native American, hospitality, and historic preservation projects, the firm combines her passions for Southwest culture, love of history, and common-sense sustainability practices. She is past president of AIA Santa Fe and AIA New Mexico. Originally from Michigan, she obtained both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Architecture degrees from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Mark Fenton, Founding Principal, Badger Project Management Advisors LLC

With over 33 years of professional experience, Mark Fenton has an extensive background in business development, client management, and project management services. Prior to the founding of Badger Project Management Advisors LLC, Fenton managed the day-to-day operations of Leopardo Construction’s Interiors Group, and he has managed several million square feet of interior construction for private-sector and nonprofit clients. Fenton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Liz Richardson, AIA, Senior Project Architect, Senior Associate, Perkins and Will, Charlotte Studio

Liz Richardson joined Perkins and Will North Carolina in the summer of 2015, bringing a range of experience from large-scale projects and master planning to small interior renovations and up-fits. Educated in both interior design and architecture, Richardson offers a unique perspective to the design of the build environment at varying scales. Her range of experience is highlighted by a consistent integration of branded and artistic interventions. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects.

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Plan now to enter the 2023 CDAs

The annual Commercial Design Awards celebrate the best commercial building projects and designs of Greater Madison architects, engineers, and builders. Work on the 2023 CDA presentation, for projects completed in 2022, is underway.

Next year’s program will mark the CDA program’s 16th year, and once again we will recognize a Project of the Year and a first-place winner in several categories. The categories will be listed on IBMadison.com, and worthy projects can be submitted for more than one category, if applicable.

As part of the nomination process, IB will ask for a summary of the project’s notable features and community impact, and we will request photographs of both the interior and exterior for consideration by our panel of judges. For renovation entries, we ask that photographs be taken at the beginning and at the conclusion of the construction project. This helps our panel of CDA judges assess the quality of refurbished buildings.

Winners in each award category will be unveiled at an awards reception (date and location to be determined) and will be featured in a monthly edition of In Business magazine. IB encourages companies — architects, general contractors, and engineers — with projects due for completion in 2022 to contact Events Manager Jessica Hamm (jessica@ibmadison.com) to keep their soon-to-be completed projects on our radar screen. IB will provide entry forms, nomination materials, and other information as soon as they are available.

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