A. O. Smith Breaks Ground

This Research + Development Center at Park Place shares the magnitude of their water technology revolution happening inside with the world outside. And what a revolution it is. Inside, the laboratory space gurgles and flows with process knowledge that empowers this global leader to constantly reinvent itself. Prototype, coatings, thermal, analytical, air/water filtration and biosafety level 2 laboratories were designed with flexibility as the priority to foster continued regeneration of ideas, solutions and processes within the 43,795 s.f. of space. The outcome of this Milwaukee-based water research is leading-edge solutions for A.O. Smith’s water heaters, boilers and water purification equipment distributed to commercial and residential users in more than 60 countries. Outside, the sparkling, flowing exterior of metal panels and vertical ribbons of glass balances the need for interior wall space, a high-functioning lab, and natural daylight. “We tried to keep a modular language around the building,” notes Scott Justus, project leader, Zimmerman Architectural Studios. “The proprietary nature of the R+D space called for natural lighting solutions that kept visible access to the interior to a minimum.”


Healthcare Design Showcase 2017

This women’s and infant’s renovation project created an opportunity to physically connect two organizations with shared goals – The Froedtert Hospital Birth Center and the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Previously segregated departments were integrated, expanded, and redesigned both operationally and physically within 161,370 square feet of space on six different interconnected floor plates.

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Another Chapter: Study Suggests Renovating, Adding to Eau Claire’s Library

A consulting firm hired to study the future of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library has recommended that the 41-year-old downtown building be renovated and possibly expanded or even replaced.

The space needs analysis by Zimmerman Architectural Studios of Milwaukee was presented to the Eau Claire City Council on Aug. 7, but the recommendations aren’t likely to be acted on immediately. Options proposed in the report range from a renovation alone (costing $8.3 million and $9 million) to renovating and expanding the library (between $9.5 million and $20 million, depending on the scope) to building a new, 100,000-square-foot library for as much as $29 million.

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