3. What’s the most interesting project you’re working on right now and why?
I’d have to say the Milwaukee Athletic Club due to its’ complexity. There is 100 years of history encapsulated in this building. The story and the design have changed over time and there are different spaces that reflect the time period that the building has seen in its lifetime. We are working to make our design concepts tie back to the history, stories and the club members’ memories.
It’s layered in constraints, from historic tax credits which require that we work with the National Park Service guidelines for restoration to design vintages spanning from 1917 to 1967. 50 years captures a wide range of time and interior style. We are working to restore the exterior of the building close to its 1917 character. The interior will be a combination of restoring special spaces back to their original grandeur, some original to the building in the teens and some part of a major renovation of the fifty’s era. Both are unique and special and can juxtapose the old with the new. For the athletic spaces, we can draw from our firm’s expertise in sport’s and rec environments and layer in hospitality design. We are combining a boutique look with modern technology. Some of the most special spaces, for example, the pool, will be restored back to the 1917 version and remind members and guests of the rich history the club has had over time. This exciting project will be completed and occupy in phases throughout 2020.