J.H. Findorff & Son Inc. – Madison Office

Madison, WI

In 2001, Findorff maintained the location it had been operating from since 1904, and built a brand new facility for its corporate headquarters overlooking Lake Monona in Madison.

Exposed structural elements in the interior of the building showcase Findorff’s quality concrete, steel, wood, drywall and masonry craftsmanship. Board formed concrete walls are exposed in the building lobby and complement the limestone floors. Baltic birch wood wall panels and steel framed bridges with cable handrails make for a dramatic two-story lobby space. Structural steel framing and wood roofing are exposed to create the loft-like work environment.

Designed by Potter Lawson, the building is oriented to reduce solar heat gain and maximize natural day lighting. Woven shades control the direct sunlight in winter months when the angle is low. During the summer, large overhangs help to shade the glass reducing the solar gain and reducing the amount of cooling required. Other sustainable materials such as cork floor tile are used throughout the building.

This timeless office structure maintains the rich history of the site while perpetuating the Findorff legacy for future generations.

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Attributes /

New Construction
Sustainable Building

Architect /

Potter Lawson

Awards /

2011 WRMCA Concrete Design Award
Daily Reporter Top Projects Award
IMI Golden Trowel Award