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Dryhootch Plans are Progressing

Dryhootch, located on East Brady Street in Downtown Milwaukee, is a veteran owned business, whose mission is to support our veteran community with resources to make transitioning from military to civilian life easier. To create a warm, casual atmosphere, this Dryhootch also functions as a coffee shop with many types of hot and cold drinks and an assortment of snacks.

Dryhootch is looking to remodel its location on historic Brady street. This effort entitled “Hootchlift” is a three phase project, Nagel Architects + Engineering is currently providing design ideas and overseeing the implementation to really get the most out of this unique location on one of the most recognized streets in Milwaukee.

Currently Dryhootch is looking for help in any form of donations whether it be time, materials, or funds. We hope to create an iconic space for our veteran community and the community as a whole. There will be more to come in the future. In the meantime stop by meet the friendly staff and have a warm cup of joe.

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Pulaski Park Pavilion Gets A Face Lift

Nagel Architects + Engineers is providing design services to renovate certain parts of the Pulaski Park Pavilion building, which will help bring it up to code and repair some of the damage from years of wear and tear. The Pulaski Park pavilion is a 5,000 SF structure built in the 1930s. It is currently used by a youth summer camp and there are occasional meetings held at the facility. Because of the date of the building, it does not meet ADA requirements.

One piece of the project is to replace the roof shingles and any damaged structural elements. The rotting trim, fascia, soffits and purlins will need to be replaced or repaired. The exterior of the building will also receive a fresh coat of paint.

Inside the building, a majority of the work involves renovating the men’s and women’s bathrooms to meet ADA code requirements. New plumbing fixtures and ADA accessible toilet compartments will be installed. The front entry door and the bathroom doors will all be demolished and new ADA compliant doors will replace them. The interior work also involves installing new light fixtures and painting in the community room, as well as, updating all emergency exit lighting throughout the main floor.

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New Cancer Center Design

Nagel Architects + Engineers was chosen to design a high quality, state-of-the-art Cancer Center.  The 14,000 sq ft project will consist of new space located adjacent to the main hospital. Details include the creation of two new Linear Accelerator Rooms, one CT Simulator Room, multiple infusion therapy rooms, patient exam rooms, support areas and training areas.

This expansion will allow the organization to treat cancer patients in house with the latest technology and service offerings that it traditionally had to refer to a neighboring healthcare organization.

Construction is expected to begin early 2017.

Outstanding Team. Distinguished Experience. Rodrigo Fontán.

We welcome Rodrigo Fontán to our growing team! Rodrigo (Roy) is a Spanish architect with extensive experience in projects for the private as well as the public sector. Specialized in both Urban Planning and Structural Design, during his professional career, he has had responsibilities ranging from structural calculations and architectural design to Project and Site Management. He is committed to improving the environmental sustainability of his projects, bringing together architectural quality and cost efficiency with emphasis on a sustainable management of the building process.

Rodrigo has earned a Master’s degree in Environmental Management of Construction Projects from the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of A Coruña (Spain) with further studies at the Politecnico di Torino (Italy).

Current projects include the Expansion of the Ambulatory Unit at the VA Hospital in Madison, WI, and a new MRI addition.

Outstanding Team. Distinguished Experience. Katie Farber.

We are excited to extend a grand welcome to our latest team member – Katherine Farber (Katie). Joining the team as our new Administrative Assistant Katie has the opportunity to assist each team with the completion of tasks. She has already begun tackling a number of administrative projects and participating in small group task forces.

Katie comes to Nagel Architects + Engineers with a Psychology and Anthropology degree from the University Wisconsin – Steven’s Point and a masters in Health Promotion and Wellness. She has recently worked for the Harley Davidson wellness department and Salus Corporate wellness.

Outside of work, you can find Katie working out or exploring the outdoors. She also loves to spend time with family and friends, gardening, baking, and interior decorating. With her passion for nature, it is not surprising that she married an urban forester and can be seen climbing trees using rope and harness.

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Water Distribution & Treatment Upgrade at the Madison VA

The Great Lakes Acquisition Center requested design and engineering services of Nagel Architects + Engineers to upgrade the water distribution system at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital. The projects goal was to meet the VHA Directive 1061, Prevention of Healthcare-Associated Legionella Disease and Scald Injury from Potable Water Distribution Systems.

The design work consisted of documenting the original 1949 Buildings 1, 5 & 6 distribution system and  establishing an entirely new water system.   Every part of the system was impacted, the campus water intake is now continuously monitored and all plumbing fixture will receive mixing valves to prevent scalding from the new 140⁰F hot water distribution system.

Within the 500,000 sf included in the project scope, one particular challenge was that Building 1 has remained largely untouched since 1949.  Despite having received fair number of additions and small renovations throughout its history.  The solution was to systematically retain the value of recent renovations while inserting the new system to create an ideal solution for Building 1.

An estimated 60,000 linear feet of pipe is masterplanned to be removed and replaced within a budget of $4,950,000, resulting in limited dead end water flows, and providing a system that puts veterans health first and foremost. Nagel Architects + Engineers is grateful to have partnered with William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in designing holistically for the long term future of their care environment and those it serves.

Ring & DuChateau, located in Brookfield, WI, was also instrumental in designing this project.

Outstanding Team. Distinguished Experience. Joe Heinowski.

Nagel Architects + Engineers takes great pleasure in formally welcoming Joe Heinowski to our architectural team, further expanding our healthcare sector. Joe has a rich history of architectural programming, planning and design in the healthcare arena. His true passion resides in transforming environments that align people, place and services to best meet ideal outcomes.
Incorporating evidence based design in all of his projects, Joe will add a new dimension to our current and future projects. This is extremely valuable in today’s dynamic and rapidly changing healthcare industry.
Joe earned a Master of Architecture degree (AIA) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Studies, both from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. He is also accredited in evidence based design (EDAC).
Current and recent projects for Joe include Renovating an Inpatient Ward at the VA Hospital in Madison, WI, the Construction of an Adult Day Health Care and Extended Care Support Building at the VA Health Care System in St. Cloud, MN, Expanding Ambulatory Surgery at the VA Hospital in Madison, WI, and the Albuquerque VA MRI Addition.
With the addition of Joe, we look forward to continuing to provide top-class architectural design services in private, government and municipal environments.

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MRI Expansion in Albuquerque

Great News! We have been chosen to design the MRI footprint expansion at the New Mexico VA Healthcare System in Albuquerque. The VA aims to create a state of the art second MRI space and share common support functions such as the control room.  New patient dressing rooms and waiting areas are included in the renovation as well.

With the latest social changes in delivering medicine, the design team will incorporate a patient focused design and the latest MRI trends. Our designs have a deep respect for the patient and their supporting families.

The new design will comply with VA sustainability and commissioning guides and will also pursue LEED Silver certification. Nagel Architects + Engineers is the primary contract holder. Consultants include Affiliated Engineers Inc, SCL Consulting, and Middleton Construction Consulting.


GLAC Selects Nagel for Energy Reduction Project

Nagel Architects + Engineers is pleased to be awarded a new contract by the Great Lakes Acquisition Center to reduce energy consumption and improve the existing mechanical system at the Madison Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC). Once complete, the VA anticipates a reduction in their energy consumption in addition to accurately control the HVAC systems to provide a comfortable and stable environment for staff and clients.
Following congress’ goals towards reducing energy consumption in the US, the Madison VAMC is seeking to reduce energy waste while improving the building environment. Strategies being considered include:

  • Air handling unit upgrades which include new variable frequency drives to control airflow.
  • Replacing all controls, sensors, and motorized devices to digital controls compatible with the existing building automation system.
  • Update lighting controls for parking areas that will operate in response to natural light and time-clock function.
  • Replace the existing and outdated district steam heating system with new state of the art high efficiency boilers and variable speed hot water distribution system.
  • Upgrade and replace existing perimeter fan coil units along building perimeter rooms.
  • Update and replace existing controls for air and water distribution systems to digital controls compatible with the building automation system.