Architect: Engberg Anderson Architects
Owner: HSI Properties
Contractor: Stevens Construction Corp.
When you put multiple functions in one location, you create a hybrid building where great things happen. HSI Properties and the City of Milwaukee brought a team of design and construction professionals together to complete The Standard @ East Library, a project that adds to the vibrancy and diversity of The East Side. This five-story mixed use, high-end multi-family development included a 17,000-square-foot grey box for the East Library, 3,000-square-feet of retail space, and 99-market rate apartments above two floors of underground parking.
The Standard at East Library is unique in that the “Mixed-use” Library building typology new to Milwaukee. Traditionally, Milwaukee Libraries are free standing buildings. However, as part of Milwaukee Public Library’s “Rethinking Libraries for the 21st Century” Plan, an initiative was set forth to reimagine service models for the Milwaukee Public Library System. The Standard architect led a team of sub-consultants and worked with one contractor for the housing portion of the building, while the library portion was designed by a different architecture firm and constructed by yet another construction firm. The project was treated as two projects in process at the same time. A grey box space was delivered to the library, while the remaining portions of the building were still under construction.
The residential component of the project redefines the standard for urban living on The East Side. This is an amenity-rich apartment experience focused on elevating the lifestyle of its residents. Some of the unit amenities include spacious layouts, high-end fixtures, balconies and programmable climate controls. The building amenities include a fitness center, rooftop deck, underground parking, retail and on-site management in a pet-friendly environment.
Photos: C&N Photography