Unveiling the Ted & Grace Bachhuber Memorial Library, Mayville’s Newly Built Public Library

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The Mayville Library stands as a successful and cherished community asset. However, in line with the growing demand for technology and public spaces, the library embarked on a careful evaluation of its current 7,500 sq. ft. facility, which has been its home since the late 1960s. Following a thorough space needs analysis, it became evident that to meet both present and future requirements, the library would benefit from doubling its space. In collaboration with Zimmerman, the vision for this enhanced facility came to life in the form of the new Ted & Grace Bachhuber Memorial Library.

With a population of just under 4,900 people, the library notes that nearly 3,900 community members hold a library card. The institution annually circulates more than 50,000 items from its collection throughout the community. The existing library had one meeting and multipurpose room, meaning some library programs had to be accommodated off-site. The library has also experienced a significant increase in demand for access to technology resources and tools, including computers, the internet, printing and distance communication and learning.

With input from the community, the library began to identify which spaces were the most successful in other libraries that had recently completed. Several enhancements were identified to help the institution remain a vibrant and relevant community resource well into the future. A site half a block away from the original library and conveniently located near Mayville’s downtown main street was identified as the new home for the Ted & Grace Bachhuber Memorial Library.

The new 18,000 sq. ft. energy-efficient, highly accessible building boasts robust technological capabilities. The design features ample windows to provide plentiful daylight and enhanced views out of the building. The heart of the design is the clerestoried “community living room,” which serves as the gathering place and features a fireplace as its organizing focal point.

The main level also features children’s, adult and teen collections, a business center, a library/children’s programs space and large, flexible multi-purpose rooms accessible after hours for outside functions. Additionally, there are small conference/meeting rooms and private study/collaboration rooms. A larger circulation desk and work room also live on the main floor. The lower level features a larger multipurpose space, storage and additional unfinished space for future expansion.


Mayville, WI


35,000 sq. ft.

Services Provided:

Architectural Space Planning, Architectural Planning and Design, Structural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Plumbing Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture

Stu LaRose


Vice President | Director, Education and Worship

As part of a transition in firm leadership, Stu returned to Zimmerman to lead our Education and Worship Studio. For more than a decade, early in his career, Stu acted as a project architect and project manager on many of the firm’s most notable education projects. This includes the multiple award-winning University of Wisconsin-Mechanical Engineering addition and renovation and University of Wisconsin Fluno Center for Executive Education projects. He also completed work for several private college and university institutions as well as K-12 school districts around the state.

In addition to his early career experiences, Stu also has nearly a decade of experience as a senior facilities architect and project manager with the University of Wisconsin Office of Capital Planning and Development. In that role, Stu participated in all aspects of project development for the University of Wisconsin – from concept request through agency occupancy. He managed the delivery of more than a quarter billion dollars of constructed projects for UW including the $53 million renovation of Witte Hall, the $42 million Gordon Commons, $47 million Dejope & Leopold Residence Halls and $46 million Meat Muscle Science facility. Most recently, Stu has acted as a senior project manager for one of the area’s most active design / build firms. Stu holds a Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Mark Wershay


Vice President | Senior Project Manager

Wershay began his career with Zimmerman in 1997 after graduating from the University of Oklahoma. Working predominantly in the firm’s educational studio he acted as project manager on K-12 and higher education & training center projects including: West Bend Silverbrook Middle School Expansion; Madison School District’s Olson Park Elementary School; MPS’ Sherman and Burbank School Expansions; numerous technical college assignments at Blackhawk Technical College, Waukesha Technical College, Madison College, Lakeshore Technical College and Milwaukee Area Technical College. He also served as project manager for several major improvements on the Henry Maier Festival Grounds (Summerfest) including the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse, Miller Lite Oasis and North End Rock Stage. Wershay managed Zimmerman’s multiple-award-winning adaptive re-use and conversion of a 110 year old power plant in Milwaukee’s Menomonee River Valley which is the firm’s new “City Lights” headquarters. He is familiar with a variety of construction delivery methods, including traditional design / bid / build; design / build and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD).