Revisions in the design
of a proposed Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
clinic at Mequon Road and Market Street include
additional use of stone and wood.
MEQUON - During a February meeting of
Mequon’s Planning Commission, members took turns
praising Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s plans to
build a clinic in Mequon.
While there is nothing to suggest that
enthusiasm has cooled, some members of the commission
have raised questions about whether the proposed design
of the building fits in with its neighbors.
Discussions about the details of how the
building will look and where it will be located
continued at a March 10 meeting and possibly will be
resolved by next month.
Representatives of Ryan Companies, the
firm managing the construction of the planned
42,500-square-foot clinic, returned to the Planning
Commission last week for the second month in a row to
discuss the design details for the building planned for
a 6.13-acre parcel at the southwest corner of Mequon
Road and Market Street.
While several proposals still are on the
table, a majority of the commissioners appeared to like
a CHW proposal to shift the building on the site to
provide more buffering with residential neighbors. It
also proposed parking on three sides of the building.
Under that plan, the building would be
located 82 feet off of the property line, providing 40
percent more setback than is required by the city.
The Ryan representatives also said that
they have modified the exterior of the building to add
more wood and stone. They called it a “modern health
care” building and added that there are things CHW can’t
accomplish inside the building without the outside
Commissioner James Schaeffer, who is an
architect, said he would like to see a pitched roof
added to the building in keeping with designs on other
nearby structures, as well as throughout Mequon.
“This building looks way too
institutional,” he said. “I would certainly think that
Children’s Hospital would want to be a good fit with the
architecture in the area.”
A Ryan representative added that a
pitched roof would make the building appear even larger.
He pointed to comments made by a resident earlier in the
meeting who said that the pitched roofs on the nearby
Sarah Chudnow facility made those buildings appear
The developer added that attempt is being
made to balance the Children’s Hospital brand with the
appearance of other buildings in the area. That is why
the stone and wood features were added, he said.
Council member Rob Strzelczyk, who serves
on the Planning Commission, said he basically is OK with
the proposed design, but said he was concerned about
issues raised by neighbors who were apprehensive about
“I don’t think you need to blend in and
be synonymous with the area,” Strzelczyk said. “I like
that you’re different.”
Commissioners John Mason and Brian
Parrish also said they were comfortable with the revised
“That building looks very nice,” Mason
Commissioner David Fuchs said he liked
the addition of the natural stone, but added that the
straight lines of the roof did not appeal to him.
The Ryan Co. representatives said they
would take the feedback they received back to Children’s
Hospital officials. The project likely will be back in
front of the Planning Commission on April 13, possibly
for final approval.
When CHW first brought the plans forward
at the February meeting of the Planning Commission, they
said they had looked at numerous possible sites in
Mequon and other facilities along the North Shore. A
representative said Mequon was “the first choice” of CHW
executives. A memo prepared by city staff said
Children’s wants a presence in the area because it
serves many families at its Wauwatosa hospital who live
in the vicinity.
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