Sheboygan’s General Charles King Park is located just south of downtown Sheboygan directly on Lake Michigan’s lake front. The city of Sheboygan would like to reinvigorate the lake front park and its connection to the lake, by upgrading the park itself which includes constructing a new meeting house and restroom building. Based on Sheboygan’s desire to become a more environmentally conscious city, the new meeting house and restrooms strive to be a showpiece for this movement. By integrating local and recycled materials, capturing rainwater, and reducing energy consumption, this building has the potential to become a prominent green building in Sheboygan.
Previously, the park was not easily recognizable as a lake front/beach park. Overgrown plants prevented clear views to the lake from the street side of the park. The master plan addressed these issues and opens up new vistas to the lake and the lighthouse located north of the park.
The Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts is located on a designated historic farmstead site approximately one mile east of historic downtown Cedarburg. The former Museum operated from a farmhouse on this homestead. Due to a growing collection and expanded operational needs, the Museum was greatly in need of additional space. It was the Museum’s desire to remain on the site by constructing an addition and converting an existing barn into gallery and classroom space. The project has also been developed to accommodate special event functions, requiring the need for a catering kitchen, as well as indoor and outdoor gathering spaces. A future phase involves reconstructing an additional salvaged barn from a separate location. The challenge of this adaptive re-use project was not only the sensitive integration of the reconstructed barn and new structure within the historic context of the farmstead, but also the accommodation of varied programmatic goals, while providing for full accessibility on this steep rustic site.
The project at the Plymouth Arts Center involves a reconfiguration of the center’s performance, exhibition and classroom spaces. The multi-use performance space has been enlarged to accommodate multiple seating and production arrangements. Flexible theatrical lighting now serves the multiple stage locations. The exhibition gallery has been relocated to a more prominent area of the building that affords more immediate access from the main entry. Larger classroom spaces are provided and located where there is an abundance of natural light. An addition provides much needed gallery and performance storage. An expanded kitchen facility serves both indoor and outdoor events. A covered platform shades performers during outdoor events in a newly landscaped courtyard. A prominent entrance vestibule and canopy have been added on the main street facade to create a more striking downtown presence.
Jackson’s Boys and Girls Club, Recreation Department and Senior Center is housed in this new facility located south of Jackson’s main intersection on the northeast corner of Jackson Drive and Hickory Lane in Jackson, Wisconsin. The facility contains numerous activity areas, dance room, technology center, daycare area, administrative offices, kitchen, locker rooms and a full gymnasium. This new facility enhances its neighborhood – residing to the north of Hickory Park – and provides many new programs for the community, which it serves.