Madison Municipal Building Tour

APA Wisconsin Chapter


Thursday, April 4, 2019
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. CDT

Madison, WI, United States

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The Madison Municipal Building’s years-in-the-making refurbishment was completed in September 2018 at a cost of about $21 million.  The building, which originally began construction in 1926 as a post office and federal courthouse, is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The tour will show how the historic building was remodeled to accommodate workplaces and meeting areas for approximately ten different City departments / divisions and public meeting spaces for residents of the City of Madison.  The tour will provide an overview of rehabilitation and restoration of key historic spaces inside the building, including the restoration of the original 1920s Courtroom and adaption for departmental and public (non-judiciary) use.  Finally, cutting-edge environmentally friendly features that were included in the reconstruction will be covered as well. 


Tour attendees will learn about the following topics, all of which will cover methods that planners can apply to projects in their own communities:

·       Historic preservation and restoration;

·       Retrofitting and upgrading a popular public space;

·       Integrating environmentally friendly features into a historic restoration project;

·       Hear about some of the decision-making processes that led to efficient use of space for municipal offices and meeting rooms in a space that was originally designed for different uses. 


Please RSVP for the tour via EventbriteSpace is limited. 

The Madison Municipal Building is at 215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Madison.

Meet inside the main MLK entrance. 

Parking is available on the street or in the Government East Garage, 110 E. Wilson Street. 

Event will be followed by happy hour at BelAir Cantina, 111 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. at about 6:45pm

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Bryan Cooper

Bryan Cooper is a licensed principal architect for the facilities team in the City of Madison Engineering Department. Bryan has worked in design and construction for over twenty years, with a focus on renovations and adaptive reuse projects. In his time at the City of Madison, he has overseen the ... Read More

Jeanine Zwart

Jeanine Zwart has worked for the City of Madison facilities team for 29 years, first in the Building Inspection Department and currently in the Engineering Department. She has a Bachelor of Science, Environment, Textiles and Design (major: interior design) from UW-Madison. Facilities oversees repair/remodeling/building projects for approximately 350 ... Read More

Ben Zellers

Ben Zellers, AICP, CNU-A, is a planner with the City of Madison. Ben joined the City in March of 2015 to contribute to implementation of Bus Rapid Transit station area planning and manage the City’s implementation of UrbanFootprint (a cloud-based growth scenario modeling tool). He worked with the City ... Read More

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