Baker’s Place

Baker’s Place

Our Baker’s Place project in Madison, Wisconsin includes the preservation of the original Gardner Baking Co. Building and the addition of a new mass timber 12-storey mixed-use tower. The project aims to respectfully develop the site, engaging with the existing character building and reinvigorating the site with a stepped residential building that rises from 9-storeys to 14-storeys, creating a C-shaped building with an elevated landscaped courtyard. The project’s design is driven by a commitment to heritage, sustainability, innovation, and community.

 

The two-storey Gardner Baker Co. Building was originally constructed in 1917, and the property was identified as a potential landmark in the 1998 Downtown Preservation Plan. As a good neighbor, the development’s façade will align with the existing building’s brick character with durable pre-weathered steel, white matte and textured terracotta, and a visible wood-backed curtainwall.

Baker’s Place will be built using cross-laminated timber construction and Passive House and WELL Building Standards, reducing both embodied and operational carbon impacts and improving thermal and acoustic comfort. Solar panels are planned for the roof to renewably offset the building’s energy needs along with a network of green roofs that support a progressive stormwater strategy. An innovative Telsa ride-share program and a bike-share program through a resident app will support occupants in lowering their carbon footprints and living convenient and community-connected lifestyles.