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
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
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
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.
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.
plan, the building would be located 82 feet off of the
property line, providing 40 percent more setback than is
required by the city.
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 design.
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
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.”
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 extremely large.
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.
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 water runoff.
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 design.
building looks very nice,” Mason said.
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.
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.
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
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