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2019 Commercial Design Awards: You've got personality!

Winning commercial building designs reflect the personality of their tenants.

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Madison Metropolitan Sewerage Pump Station 15

Best Outdoor Landscaping Project

Madison Metropolitan Sewerage Pump Station 15 is, by definition, a humble building, and the main purpose of its recent upgrade — to replace 40-year-old pumps and prepare for future capacity — is pretty routine.

However, given its location at the bottom of a hill and close to Lake Mendota in a pedestrian-heavy area, the project’s landscaping took on added importance. So, in addition to the inclusion of amenities like a drinking fountain and an aquatic invasive species boat wash station, the combination of indigenous landscaping with community-focused amenities was paramount.

Special design features include limestone landscaping, indigenous plants, solar panels that provide nearly 10 percent of the station’s power needs, carefully sloped parking lot asphalt that directs storm runoff away from the lake, and a bio retention pond that catches water used at the boat-washing station.

In the view of one CDA judge, the landscaping element that most stood out was the blend of natural hard materials (stone) with well-manicured greenscape. “Nothing flashy, but it adds an appealing structure to what typically are seen as eyesores,” he notes. “It is a functional utility, yet the prairie design allows it to blend into the environment.”

Another judge called the design a fairly understated approach that successfully addresses “a lot of sustainability needs.” He lauded the way rainwater is captured, the way flood mitigation is addressed, and the way designers broke up the “hardscape” in a visually interesting way. “This is one of those smart projects that you wish could be part of the everyday fabric of our lives,” he says, “but unfortunately is all too rare.”

Another judge complimented architects for taking a humble building type and incorporating clever detailing. “The idea of celebrating an infrastructure building is really a credit to the architect,” he states. “There are some beautiful elements to this project.”

Project credits

Location: 2115 Allen Blvd., Madison, WI 53703
Owner/Developer: Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District
General Contractor: Miron Construction
Architect/Interior Design Architect: Potter Lawson Inc.
Engineer: Baxter & Woodman
Consultant: Saiki Design
Photography: Mike Rebholz
Completion Date: Spring 2018

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