AG is pleased to announce that Wisconsin Evans Scholars has been recognized as a 2019 Top Project by The Daily Reporter as well as a Learning By Design 2020 – Outstanding Project. The Daily Reporter held a virtual event on October 1, 2020 to recognize outstanding achievements by Wisconsin builders, owners, engineers, architects and other construction team members. Wisconsin Evans Scholars was selected by a panel of industry experts as one of the Top Projects.
Learning By Design is the premier source for education design innovation and excellence. In the fall 2020 edition of the magazine, they “featured projects that incorporated many of the established principles of next-generation or 21st century design thinking.” Wisconsin Evans Scholars was recognized as an Outstanding Project in the College/University – Dorm/Residence category (New Construction/Addition).
A Long-Term Client Relationship
Through the Evans Scholars Foundation, Western Golf Association awards full tuition and housing scholarships to high-achieving caddies—those demonstrating a strong caddie record, excellent academics, financial need and outstanding leadership and character. AG Architecture’s relationship began with the Evans Scholars Foundation/Western Golf Association in the 1980’s when Gene Guszkowski worked on the original Marquette campus student housing building. The organization called upon AG again in the early 2000s to update the student housing environment to support co-ed living accommodations. This long-term relationship led to the opportunity to help the Foundation provide better housing at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
The challenge was to create a new state-of-the-art housing solution with an architectural language compatible to the historic traditions of the notable Langdon Street and surrounding Greek Row. The team, including AG Architecture and contractor, J.H. Findorff & Son Inc, evaluated the site and existing building to determine the best approach—adaptive reuse vs. new construction. Due to the original materials used and asbestos present as well as the limitations of the floor systems and inability to achieve architectural enhancements, it was cost prohibitive to remodel. The decision was made to proceed with new construction.
The design of the new 28,755-square-foot Scholarship House creates a distinct presence on the corner of Langdon and Henry Streets with an outdoor plaza that allows residents to partake in the area’s camaraderie and community activities. By analyzing the architecture on Langdon, the team reinterpreted patterns within the new building design and façade materials that contribute to the ongoing legacy of this location. The brick and cast stone detailing evoke the appeal of a monument or castle, a safe and respected structure to support the student residents. The timeless design also appealed to the goals, expectations and values of the neighborhood steering committee making it a welcomed addition to the area—an urban solution embraced by the community.
The project features five levels of enhanced spaces for studying and recreation. In addition to creating a state-of-the-art living and learning environment, the project increased the potential capacity of the House to 90 Scholars. The building offers a two-story lobby space with a lounge area on the first and third floors to support activity and camaraderie. Each floor offers 2, 3 and 4-bed sleeping rooms with resident assistant accommodations. Large shower/bathroom areas were designed with flexibility in order to accommodate co-ed residents on each floor, if desired. A single unisex shower/bathroom also provides an additional level of privacy and choice. The lower level includes a study room, conference room and a large multipurpose room that supports a variety of activities. Whether watching TV, playing pool or hosting a blood drive, the flexible layout accommodates numerous functions.
The new Scholarship House is part of an ongoing effort to expand the Evans Scholars Program from coast to coast and award more Evans Scholarships. In the past few years, the program has opened new Scholarship Houses at the University of Washington, University of Kansas and Penn State University.
Congratulations to all the Wisconsin Evans Scholars project team members for a job well done!