Madison College Truax Building
Architect: Assemblage Architects
Owner: Madison College
Contractor: Madison College Truax Building
Madison College Truax Main Building was constructed in 1984 and remained mostly unchanged until 2010. At that time a major campus renovation was supported through referendum funding. In 2012 an addition was completed to create a new entrance, and technology workshop, but the main building remained unchanged.
This project started in 2014 to reorganize the core of the building. The primary goal was bringing together multiple student service functions to create the College Commons. We created a new student food and beverage service, and provided a new home for the Culinary and Baking Arts programs. The total intervention area was approximately 120,000 SF, including a 65,000 SF addition which connected the main building with the existing administration building.
The detailed program requirements included the following:
- Culinary Arts Program: Dining rooms, lecture, labs, storage, coolers, faculty office and support.
- Arts program: Labs, storage, coolers, faculty offices, and retail outlets
- Student Life: Student radio station, newspaper, meeting rooms and staff offices.
- Cosmetology: Labs, lecture rooms, pedicure and manicure, spa, lockers and retail support.
- Child Care Center and Playground
- Shipping and Receiving Dock
- Student Food Service: Kitchen, coolers, staff locker rooms, chef’s offices, and serving.
- Student Services: Intercultural center, advising, international student offices, human resources office.
- Branch office for the UW credit Union.
- Recreational Management: Fitness center
- Parking: Childcare drop off area, accessible parking
The existing buildings were limited by adjacent streets to the south and east as well as the minimum requirement for parking and child care drop off areas. The college academic schedule required that the building remain occupied throughout the entire project schedule.
The project’s conceptual “opening” of the building core required reconfiguration of the building’s primary circulation paths and updating the building’s code compliance. The project was designed to be constructed in three phases maintain building full occupancy.
This project provided the campus with a center, and enlivened a previously outdated building. Common space is leveraged for a wide variety of uses including seating, meeting areas, food service and coffee outlets, as well as flexible interactive spaces. The addition opened up the exterior walls, bringing daylight deep within the building. New spaces were laid out to break up the existing grid-like configuration, and designed with an emphasis on spatial dynamism, transparent materials, and visual access to the new college commons.