The City of Muskego engaged Zimmerman in to provide a comprehensive study for all of their public buildings. The resulting plan included the construction of a new City Hall and the conversion and expansion of the existing current City Hall for the new police station. Both projects were completed adjacent to one another and on the existing City Hall site. The project also included the renovation of the current Public Works facility as well as the remodeling of a newly purchased fleet maintenance facility.
Phasing the projects also brought on site improvement challenges. The enabling project was the new City Hall. By building it first, all municipal government services remained uninterrupted.
The Council Chambers and other public meeting spaces are located to enable flexible scheduling for events while maintaining off-hours security for the building’s daytime service areas.
Since daylight within the space was a priority, the design incorporates a courtyard and a high-volume lobby space with clerestory windows to ensure that each room would is filled with natural light.
The City favored a prairie-style aesthetic for the building. Meeting the challenge of converting an existing building of traditional design with a long-hipped roof was met by wrapping new construction around the existing building on the three most visible sides. A large amount of exterior glass and clear anodized metal panels gives the building a contemporary feel and civic appeal.