Mead & Hunt in association with Isthmus Architecture has received the Restoration Award from the Wisconsin Masonry Alliance (WMA) for the Bowman Hall Envelope Restoration project at University of Wisconsin – Stout. Each year the WMA presents the Excellence in Masonry Awards to recognize masonry projects exemplifying great design, inspiring material usage, and quality construction. The Restoration Award recognizes restoration projects showcasing exemplary masonry utilization.
The Bowman Hall Envelope Restoration project served to provide extensive structural repairs to UW – Stout’s historic Bowman Hall. Work included repairing and restoring more than 30,000 square feet of masonry envelope, as well as replacing failing windows and doorways with historic replicas. In addition, extensive structural repairs were provided at the signature 163-foot-tall clock tower.
Bowman Hall is a listed property on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). A technical protocol was developed for the restoration methods as desired by the stakeholders to maintain the beauty and historic features of the building. Once construction started, the design team participated alongside the masonry contractor in the specified training, allowing the team to prepare a mutually-agreeable standard-of-care for all work.
Receipt of the Restoration Award highlights the success and importance of this historic project. Congratulations to all involved.