Government

Fostering community through experiential design.

Our Experience

Community and civic buildings serve their communities as the heart of their neighborhoods, towns, and cities. We understand that buildings must be designed to reflect the perspective of their community, and shaped around their unique role. Our buildings create experiences, foster understanding, and initiate engagement.

Strang has worked on everything from offices, libraries, municipal buildings, and business centers. Our portfolio is rich in unique Municipal buildings designed around these central ideals of community. We look forward to finding innovative design solutions that best represent your community.

Design Considerations

With the ability to make a lasting impression, these built environments offer meaningful impacts on their community. With welcoming, inclusive, and engaging design, we create spaces where people can connect–together, and with the space. Whether it's new construction, addition, or renovation, our experienced design team will listen to the needs of both client and community to reach the full potential of the space, while remaining flexible enough to support future uses.

View Our Work

USGS National Wildlife center

Madison, WI

The Strang team worked on the NWHC 2016 modernization study, developing multiple approaches for their space planning program over the next 10-15 years. Strang has a longstanding relationship with USGS and has been providing space planning services for over a decade. Our team generated three phasing scenario concepts. ,The study addresses the NWHC’s concerns of providing a complete program and concept design that will meet all campus planning objectives including but not limited to: site utilities capacities and design, parking, vehicle, and pedestrian flow, and secured access.

Prior to this study, Strang guided the organization in consolidating seven Madison based Department of Interiors (DOI) organizations. The master planning process evaluated the conditions of existing animal holding operations, potential renovations to existing areas, and expansion requirements for future animal holding services and laboratory support spaces. 

USDA Forest Product Laboratory (in development)

Madison, WI

Strang’s history with USDA Forest Products Lab extends back to 1967 to the design of a wood chemistry laboratory and has continued throughout each decade with an entrance remodeling, a condition survey of buildings 39 and 40, a boiler replacement, a five year IDIQ contract from 2011-2016, and a current, on-going IDIQ. Our projects have included dozens of renovations, analysis, evaluations, designs, campus planning and system replacements over our IDIQ contracts.

Click here to view a walkthrough of the Forest Product Laboratory WMA Office! 

Stoughton City Facilities

Stoughton, WI

An initial needs assessment resulted in a phased improvement plan to address the space requirements of all city operations and departments. This included administration, fire, police, utilities, parks and recreation, youth, streets, library, and the senior center. Phase one involved the 53,000 SF remodeling of a historic 1900 Romanesque city hall, as well as the public safety and municipal utilities building. Strang added an elevator shaft on the exterior of the building, and also reviewed and addressed current and future parking needs. A detailed construction schedule provided smooth relocation of city departments without interruption of services. A complete, two-step exterior masonry restoration of the historic city hall structure included cleaning, repair, and tuck pointing of brick masonry and stone.

Mineral Point Municipal Buildings

Madison, WI

Strang was contacted by the Mineral Point Library committee to review their existing space and provide design options within their budget. The existing Library and City Hall were specifically experiencing space deterioration and accessibility issues.

The  Mineral Point Library and City Hall building is a contributing building in a historic district listed on the National Register of historic places. Strang reviewed their program and designed an option in which both the Library and City Hall could gain additional square footage. With a small addition containing an elevator and stair tower, the entire three-story structure could also be made accessible. 

Sauk County Space planning

Baraboo, WI

Sauk County was looking to optimize their West Square, Human Services, and Courthouse buildings. Strang was commissioned to conduct a space needs study and identify new strategies and workstation standards. The goal of this study was to identify growth potential over the next 10 years while also developing a set of policies and procedures to assist the County in managing the existing buildings space efficiently. Our team utilized our Listen, Discover, Design process to create a program for each building detailing their unique budgeting and phasing process. We surveyed the workforce to identify which priorities resonated with their workplace satisfaction. These results lead to our finalized workplace standards and technology integration, helping Sauk County break out into the future of office design.

Design Synchronicity

Architects, engineers and interior designers are meant to work together, simultaneously sharing knowledge from start to finish. Our cross-functional thinking allows teams to be leaner and more responsive. 

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