The multi-phased renovation and reorganization uncovers and preserves the building’s historic character, while adapting it to serve 21st-century government functions. The project brings together various local government agencies that have been scattered across two buildings to improve customer service and inter-agency communication. Spaces where the public can meet, collaborate, and consult with city staff invites greater civic engagement and creates a center of community life in downtown Madison.
The renovation also involved completely overhauling mechanical and electrical systems to increase the building’s energy efficiency and sustainability. Coupled with a focus on access to daylight and exterior views, healthy materials choices, and equitable workplace practices, the transformation supports the health and well-being of staff, visitors, and ultimately the entire community.
"The improvements are so dramatic in so many respects. . . . Overall, it’s quite breathtaking."