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UW Health Clinic
Madison, Wisconsin


The Renschler Company, Inc., Madison, Wisconsin


Tim Neitzel of McFarland, McFarland, Wisconsin; UW Health, Madison, Wisconsin


The Renschler Company, Inc., Madison, Wisconsin

Project Description

This new outpatient clinic, which includes internal medicine, family medicine and rheumatology practices, utilizes a creative untraditional approach for the structure and exterior finishes that results in an attractive health care facility with an attitude.

The design solution involves the use of a steel systems constructed structure, incorporating steel frames and purlins. To complement the split-faced masonry, a concealed fastener exterior metal panel system was applied to create a durable skin. The resulting reduction in structural costs made it possible to increase the clinic’s interior volume, glazing and feature finishes, as well as incorporate higher eaves and clerestory windows to introduce natural light to the central workspaces.

The clinic layout facilitates possible future expansion of exam rooms, nursing stations and outpatient services.

UW Clinic


Jury Comments

This project has a seemingly innocent and humble quality to its exterior materials. There is a very rich coming together in the central waiting area. The strategy of using industrial building systems for this kind of application also is intriguing and rather unexpected.

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