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Pickard Chilton's Northwestern Mutual project in Milwaukee earns honors

Pickard Chilton's Northwestern Mutual project in Milwaukee wins honors,ph01

Architecture firm Pickard Chilton was honored with two American Architecture Awards for its design of Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and the ATCO corporate campus in Calgary, Alberta.

The American Architecture Awards recognize the best new architecture designed and constructed by American architects and international architects with offices in the United States. Winners were announced by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies earlier this month and will be honored in October at a reception in Miami.

The Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons create an urban campus that engages employees and the City of Milwaukee, while embodying Northwestern Mutual’s longstanding values. Implementing best practices in workplace design, the 32-story office tower’s gently curved form at the eastern edge of the campus embraces the gardens and maximizes panoramic views.

As the heart of the project, the Commons creates a cohesive, organized campus that provides training facilities, meeting spaces, dining, and terraces overlooking the enhanced gardens. Nestled in the historic 1914 headquarters, a skylit atrium knits together the old with the new. The three-acre gardens and pedestrian-oriented streetscapes have reinvigorated the lakefront district’s urban vitality. The project was previously recognized with a 2019 Green GOOD DESIGN award from by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, an Award of Excellence from USGBC Wisconsin, an Honor Award from the AIA CT Business Architecture Awards, and a Merit Award from AIA Wisconsin.

In Calgary, Alberta, a dynamic composition of two four-story office buildings serves as the 434,000-square-foot headquarters for ATCO. The buildings surround a leaf-shaped quad and are interconnected by a multi-purpose Commons which serves as the heart of the campus. Enclosed conference and amenity pods dispersed throughout the Commons evoke the modular mobile offices designed and built by ATCO themselves.

The LEED NC-Gold buildings are sited to provide day-lit panoramic views as well as for advantageous solar orientation. The Commons is composed of glulam wood columns and beams with a CLT deck. Tall, vertical wood fins and deep roof eaves are tuned to maximize views while optimizing natural light. The project was recently recognized with the Prairie Wood Design Awards’ Industry Award for Top Project and a 2019 Green GOOD DESIGN award from The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

Previous Pickard Chilton projects recognized with American Architecture Awards include River Point in Chicago; BG Group Place in Houston; 1180 Peachtree in Atlanta; and, Iskandar Investment Headquarters in Nusajaya, Malaysia.

The American Architecture Awards jury included a selection of prestigious Miami-based architects, educators and developers, including: Alejandro Gonzalez, Principal, Arquitectonica; Carlos Rosso, Executive Vice President, The Related Group; Luis O. Revuelta, Principal, Revuelta Architecture; Peter J. Studl, Past Chairman, The Chicago Athenaeum; Paolo Trevisan, Head of Design, Pininfarina of America; and Sebastian Salvat, Vice President of Development, Fortune International Realty.