Completed in 1894 as a military armory and gymnasium, the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s historic Red Gym has been given new life through its transformation as a student services center. Kahler Slater led the effort in restoring this important aspect of the campus by reconfiguring the large open expanses within the existing building to provide meeting spaces and offices for university admissions and a variety of student organizations. The internal renovations highlight the soaring ceiling trusses and were careful to include very few permanent or irreversible alterations to protect the integrity of the interior space.
The restoration of the prominent landmark included the repair and chemical cleaning of the exterior. Existing windows were fully restored and/or replicated. The small arched windows at the running track level, the openings of which have been long concealed behind asphalt panels, were reinstalled as part of this process. UW-Madison students, faculty, alumni and visitors alike all enjoy the working and gathering in this unique building on the University’s campus.