Architect: Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc.
Owner: MIG Commercial Real Estate
Contractor: Ideal Builders, Inc.
The owner’s program for Parmenter Center called for 40,000 square feet of commercial office space near the entrance of a newly developing district known as Parmenter District. The owner saw importance in respecting the history and materials of the industrial district, and wished to create a new focal point that would set the precedent of high-quality design for all future district redevelopment.
The re-routing of the Beltline Highway several years ago inspired redevelopment and improvements of The City of Middleton’s Parmenter Street. This redevelopment opened a new Parmenter District. Redevelopment also prompted the City to create a future master plan calling for development of “sustainable, vibrant neighborhood with mix of living, working, shopping oriented land uses,” Parmenter Center brings commercial office space to the district within three levels.
Parmenter Center is located adjacent to the Pheasant Branch Creek conservancy. The developers worked with the City of Middleton to provide public parking spaces that allow the community to take advantage of the neighboring conservatory nature trails and amenities. The Parmenter Center design promotes a healthy, active lifestyle by taking advantage of advantage of outdoor views, specifically from the buildings two stair towers. Additionally, bike racks and showers encourage use of the nature trail and bicycle commuting to the workplace. On the interior, warm tones were used in the materials to express the connection and embrace the views to the conservancy.
The project team delivered a project that accomplished the owner’s vision of setting high-design standards while meeting budget constraints.
The design team worked to provide budget conscious solutions that met the challenge on every level. Through a series of renderings and mock ups, the design team collaborated with the owner to maximize the look and function of the exterior materials chosen for the project.
Nichiha fiber cement was selected as the primary exterior cladding system. The system was specifically designed with a play on scale, while the color served as a nod to the adjacent building’s historic brick palette. This material was balanced with corrugated metal and natural cedar accents.
To take advantage of the surrounding views, glazing on the upper floor of the curtain wall was requested to be integrated into the design. The design team educated the owner on the benefits of sun shading elements that resulted in the incorporation of vertical and horizontal fins into the exterior design.
Photos: C&N Photography