Category: Municipal
Location: Edgerton, Wisconsin
Size: 5,100 sq. ft.
Masonry Used: 100% of the 4,300 square foot exterior utilized masonry materials. Clay modular brick was used in various patterns and coursing. Calcium silicate brick was also used on the exterior.
Submitted by: Eppstein Uhen Architects

Project Description

Voters in this small, proud city narrowly approved a referendum to build a $1.2 million City Hall in 2009. The community of 4,993 residents is located about 35 miles south of Madison. Despite broad speculation and concern about the economy and the recession, leaders and citizen committees had studied the need for a new City Hall for over a decade and had conviction that good value and highquality would never be more achievable. Construction costs were down. Skilled tradesmen were desperate for work. Emerging technologies were eligible for alternative funding.

Eppstein Uhen Architects tested and evaluated multiple alternatives including new construction. Existing structures had potential, but the best overall value was determined to be a new brick building at a prominent downtown intersection in the historic neighborhood.

Built of brick and stone and supported by a solid steel structure, the frame was engineered to withstand years and years of seasonal change, including long, frigid winters. Foamed-in-place insulation provides a perfect air barrier and substantially reduces energy loss.

Masonry was important in the design of the building so that it would be a part of the downtown and fit in with the historic buildings. The brick exterior symbolizes the city's solid presence within the community. The general material used were clay modular bricks in a running bond formation, while the accents included a combination of soldier and head coursing. Precast column pier caps were utilized to add more depth and texture to the design.

Dimensions were calculated to center the “x” pattern on the building's upper section. Corner Stone Construction worked closely with Eppstein Uhen Architects to adjust the standard joints during the calculations needed to determine the different locations, coursing and brick types. Mock layouts were utilized to achieve the “x” pattern, which was specifically difficult to lay due to the exacting calculations and multiple patterns.

An over arching goal from the beginning was that the building should represent the community. Its scale, color and brick exterior evolved in the design process after a photo survey of dozens of other buildings. The new Edgerton City Hall will lead the community for generations.

Project Participants

Architect / Designer's Name: Steve Holzhauer, Managing Principal
Company: Eppstein Uhen Architects
Email :
Phone: 608.442.6688

Structural Engineer's Name: Kurt Frey
Company: Pierce Engineers
Phone: 608.256.7304 ext. 204

General Contractor's Name: Steve Klaven
Company: J.H. Findorff & Son, Inc.
Email :
Phone: 608.257.5321

Masonry Supplier
Company: Janesville Brick and Tile