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HGA maintains historic character in Central Standard Craft Distillery project

By: Jimmy Nesbitt//May 11, 2022//

HGA maintains historic character in Central Standard Craft Distillery project

By: Jimmy Nesbitt//May 11, 2022//

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Last summer, Central Standard Craft Distillery’s new downtown Milwaukee building opened to much fanfare.

HGA provided architecture services for the renovation of the 148-year-old building, and Gardner Builders was the construction manager.

At 16,200 square feet, the building is nearly seven times the size of Central Standard’s previous site. Its features include a distillery space, restaurant, bar, events space and rooftop patio.

“Maintaining and celebrating the historic character of the building created the underlining design aesthetic of exposed cream city brick walls and wood structure,” said HGA Project Designer Lyssa Olker. “Layered over this are branded elements in navy blue that provide contrast to the existing material and warm metals that reference the distilling equipment.

Gardner Builders began construction in January 2021 and continued it throughout the pandemic. The initial renovation provide structural stability to the building, which had developed a noticeable lean to the west as it had settled unevenly over the years on its original timber grillage foundation.

The work kept many of the building’s original design elements such as exposed cream city brick and wood columns. The building was originally put up in 1874 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.

The renovated space also includes a full kitchen servicing the building’s first-floor dining and bar area.

To ensure that the building would be safe to occupy, HGA’s structural engineering team conducted a study of the building’s construction and identified deficiencies, while developing practical solutions.

The primary structural work involved excavating under the building to install new pile-supported foundations; steel X-bracing, a concrete block shear wall and a new elevator shaft to counteract the westward lean of the building; and bringing in plywood diaphragms below the historic plank flooring to distribute lateral forces to the new shear walls and steel bracing.

Central Standard Craft Distillery

Location: Milwaukee

Cost: Not disclosed

Start: January 2020

Completion: August 2021

Owner/Developer: Central Standard Craft Distillery

Architect: HGA

Engineer: HGA

Construction Manager: Gardner Builders

Submitting Company: HGA and Gardner Builders

Subcontractors: Alois Roofing & Sheet Metal, Best Specialties, Block Iron & Supply, Building Material Supply, Clean Power, Duwe Metal Products, Edgar J Praeger and Sons, Elastizell of Wisconsin, John Beres Builders, IDEAL Mechanical, Mared Mechanical, MLL Tile & Stone, MTM Contractors, Midwest Drilled Foundations, Quality Ceilings, Schindler Elevator, Sergenian’s Floor Coverings, Sheboygan Int. Glass & Glazing, Sid’s Sealants, State Painting, Stuck Wood Works, TC Lyons Electric, Teko Mechanical, The Jameson Corp., Tyco Fire & Security, United Flooring, Wall-tech

Photo Credit: John Magnoski Photography


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