Milwaukee School of Engineering - Kern Center

Milwaukee, WI

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Architecture Overview:

Surrounded by historical buildings and adjacent to the fast-developing waterfront, this building anchors the northern edge of this tight urban campus. With its prominent, contemporary exterior, this facility draws students inside to enjoy a wide variety of athletic, recreation, and wellness facilities. It is used for NCAA Division III athletics, intramural and club sports (floor hockey, Tae Kwon Do) and individual workouts. It is home to MSOE counselors, wellness workshops (study skills, career and time management), Health Center (inoculations), Campus Ministry programs, student activities, exerciseprograms (Tai Chi, yoga, dance, self-defense) and the Servant-Leadership office. The center exemplifies MSOE's philosophy of a well-rounded university experience and is an important asset to attracting prospective students.

Strategic Facilities Planning Overview:

With the original program for an indoor 200-meter field house, RDG worked closely with the building committee analyzing student input and administrations perceptions, evaluating multiple program spaces ranging from indoor track and field facilities, to competition basketball venues, before settling on this dynamic hybrid facility that better serves the MSOE community. Surrounded by historical buildings and adjacent to the fast-developing waterfront, this building anchors the northern edge of this tight urban campus. With its prominent, contemporary exterior, this facility draws students inside to enjoy a wide variety of athletic, recreation, and wellness facilities, and it serves as a magnet for prospective students.

  • CLIENT: Milwaukee School of Engineering
  • COMPLETE: October 2004
  • SIZE:
    210,000 Sq. Ft. of New Construction
  • AWARDS:
    • National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) - Outstanding Sports Facility Award - 2006
    • Athletic Business Magazine - Facility of Merit - 2005
    • City of Milwaukee - Mayors Urban Design Award - 2005
    • Recreation Management Magazine - Innovative Architecture & Design Award - 2005
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