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Oconomowoc Community Center | Oconomowoc, WI

Existing city facilities could no longer support services and programs offered to residents by the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR). A new facility was needed. The selected site on the shores of Lac LaBelle at the western gateway to downtown offered the potential not only to provide for support of programs, but the opportunity to create a facility that strengthened that “gateway” location for all who would enter the commercial area.

GROTH Design Group was engaged to work in collaboration with J. H. Findorff and Sons (Construction Manager) to plan and design a new 20,000 SF facility to house the offices of the DPR, multi-use classrooms, fitness areas, concessions and dining area to serve the beach area and adjacent city park, and spaces for large public gatherings.

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Lad Lake | Waukesha, WI

Originally known as the Wisconsin Home and Farm School, Lad Lake was established in 1902 as a place where troubled and neglected boys could acquire the strong values of personal responsibility and hard work and get back on the right track.

Today, Lad Lake is still guiding growth on those original 367 acres of land. This project is one of the facilities on their expansive campus. This residential facility is comprised of 2 wings, each with 6 bedrooms, a community bathroom, laundry room, living room, recreation room, dining room, sensory room and storage.  Shared use space includes a reception area, conference room, 2 meeting rooms, office, medication room, restroom and kitchenette.


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Pathfinders | Milwaukee, WI

Pathfinders of Milwaukee aids troubled and abused teens with reintegration into society.  Their organization also helps these teens find jobs. Pathfinders is in the process of renovating an existing 15,000 sq ft office building for their use. GROTH Design Group worked with Pathfinders to remodel their interior space as well as create new exterior points of entry to the building.

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Plymouth Arts Center | Plymouth, WI

The project involves a reconfiguration of the arts center’s performance, exhibition and classroom spaces. The multi-use performance space has been enlarged to accommodate multiple seating and production arrangements. Flexible theatrical lighting now serves the multiple stage locations. The exhibition gallery has been relocated to a more prominent area of the building that affords more immediate access from the main entry. Larger classroom spaces are provided and located where there is an abundance of natural light.

An addition provides much needed gallery and performance storage. An expanded kitchen facility serves both indoor and outdoor events. A covered platform shades performers during outdoor events in a newly landscaped courtyard.

A prominent entrance vestibule and canopy have been added on the main street façade to create a more striking downtown presence.

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Jackson Community Center | Jackson, WI

Jackson’s Boys and Girls Club, Recreation Department and Senior Center are housed in this new facility. It contains numerous activity areas, a dance room, technology center, daycare area, administrative offices, kitchen, locker rooms and a full gymnasium.

This new facility enhances its neighborhood and provides many new programs for the communities which it serves.

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King Park | Sheboygan, WI

Sheboygan’s King Park is located just south of downtown Sheboygan directly on Lake Michigan’s lake front. The city of Sheboygan is reinvigorating the lake front park and its connection to the lake, by upgrading the park itself which includes constructing a new meeting house and restroom building.  
Based on Sheboygan’s desire to become a more environmentally conscious city, the new meeting house and restrooms strive to be a showpiece for this movement.  By integrating local and recycled materials, capturing rainwater, and reducing energy consumption, this building has the potential to become a prominent green building in Sheboygan.

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Cedar Creek Park Bandshell | Cedarburg, WI

Cedar Creek Park has for years been a cultural hotspot in Cedarburg.  It hosts a number of events throughout the year including its Summer Sounds series, which brings a number of great musicians to the park every Friday night during the summer months.

The design was inspired by the various historical elements throughout the town, such as the classic stone buildings and the steel train bridge. Using these materials, the design takes on a more contemporary form allowing it to fit into the context of the town, while not attempting to recreate a historical style. 

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Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts | Cedarburg, WI

The Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts is located on a designated historic farmstead site approximately one mile east of historic downtown Cedarburg.

The former Museum operated from a farmhouse on this homestead. Due to a growing collection and expanded operational needs, the Museum was greatly in need of additional space. It was the Museum’s desire to remain on the site by constructing an addition and converting an existing barn into gallery and classroom space. The project has also been developed to accommodate special event functions, requiring the need for a catering kitchen, as well as indoor and outdoor gathering spaces. A future phase involves reconstructing an additional salvaged barn from a separate location.

The challenge of this adaptive re-use project, led by GROTH Design Group, was not only the sensitive integration of the reconstructed barn and new structure within the historic context of the farmstead, but also the accommodation of varied programmatic goals, while providing for full accessibility on this steep rustic site.

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