MILWAUKEE – Engineering News Record (ENR) recognized two Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA) projects as the Midwest’s 2015 Best Projects on November 19, 2015 in Chicago. EUA’s Johnson Controls, Inc. - Hawley Road (with construction partner Hunzinger Construction) took top honors in the Interior Design/Tenant Improvements category, while Lake Mills Elementary School (with construction partner Miron Construction, LLC) finished atop the K-12 Education category. The ENR Regional Best Projects Awards are a series of special events and awards to celebrate and honor the building teams that created the best projects of 2015 nationwide. The winning projects are selected by a jury of local and prominent industry professionals in the Chicago and surrounding markets.
Best Project of 2015 – Interior Design/Tenant Improvement, Johnson Controls, Inc. – Hawley Road – This project repurposed a new office space within a 1940’s Allis Chalmers manufacturing plant to house a special projects community. To support continual fluctuations of occupants and space needs, the office features highly collaborative, flexible workspaces and eliminates private offices to encourage knowledge sharing and access to natural lighting and views. The signature feature of the space is gathering area and a two-story video display wall – the Unity Wall – used as a space capable of accommodating the entire staff.
Best Project of 2015 – K-12 Education, Lake Mills Elementary School - This newly constructed facility has transformed teaching and learning within the district. The school was designed for modern learning styles, encouraging “learning to happen anywhere” throughout the school. Participating in the LEED© v4 beta program the school itself serves as a sustainable “teaching tool,” infusing sustainable design and awareness of environmental best practices, featuring interactive touchscreens to allow students to see building operations and energy usage.
With a focus on elevating people’s potential, EUA has been the recipient of over 15 regional and national awards so far in 2015.