ST PAUL CROSSING
HISTORIC LOFT BUILDING
Milwaukee, WI | Residential
No accurate as-built documentation existed of this nine-story historic loft building in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward.
Scanning one floor provided a base for all other floors, locating exterior walls, windows, elevators, stairs, and supporting columns. Documentation revealed the standard floor plate was approximately 200 sq. ft. larger than stated in the original design drawings from the 1920s. 200 sq ft. x 100 years x square-foot cost in the district means lots of lost revenue. The owner now charges the correct price.
The three-story, 25,553 square-foot, 14 bedroom mansion and its 9.3-acre lot were documented using all forms of laser scanning documentation.
157 scans completed over a period of 8 days provided the data to produce AutoCAD drawing sets, virtual reality walk-throughs, and 3D prints of the building and site models.
As the Wisconsin Historical Society holds a unique easement on the interior, the private owner can only modify the interior after the WHS approval. Laser scans are easily conveyed through the internet, a great benefit for the Madison-based WHS.
CALVARY CEMETERY CHAPEL
1880s HISTORIC CHAPEL
Milwaukee, WI | Institutions
The Calvary Cemetery Chapel in Milwaukee is considered one of the best high-renaissance buildings in Wisconsin. Yet due to full occupancy in the cemetery, services are no longer held in the chapel and the archdiocese of Milwaukee requested a demolition permit on the structure.
A volunteer organization stopped the demolition and has spent years slowly restoring the building. Laser scan documentation supported the group with accurate physical information for contractors and volunteer workers. Small 3D models were created for fundraising purposes.
VACANT GRAIN MILL BUILDING
Madison, WI | Industrial & Factory
This 52,000 square-foot vacant mill building was scheduled to be demolished. A group advocating for its retention and reuse needed to convince the city council that it was worth saving and repurposing.
Laser scanning not only created a quick, accurate, and inexpensive documentation of the existing building, but the scan point cloud was also used to create 3D prints to distribute to the council. The building was saved and converted into a multi-purpose commercial, retail, art, and gathering venue. This award-winning development has quickly become a Madison historic treasure.
PABST MANSION ADDITION
Milwaukee, WI | Commercial
The Pabst Mansion Pavilion was featured at the Columbian Exhibition in Chicago in 1893. It was moved up to Milwaukee shortly after the fair and placed where it is today, next to the famous Pabst Mansion. A hundred years of severe Milwaukee weather has caused significant damage and deterioration to the Terra Cotta exterior.
Laser scanning was the best way to document and provide repair drawings. From data capture, elevation drawings showing each piece of terracotta, stone and metal roofing of this historic pavilion were provided to the client. These drawings assisted in the planning of the restoration work. The dome in the HABS drawing looks as it does in the picture perspective. Laser scanning captures the reality, not the perception.
THEDA CLARK HOSPITAL
Neenah, WI | Healthcare
Like many hospital complexes, the Theda Clark Hospital in Neenah, WI exists today as a combination of many buildings and additions constructed over a long period of time. Each modification had its own professional drawings, but no accurate information existed showing all the buildings together.
Facility managers used old information and weren’t completely confident of what they had. Laser scanning provided completely accurate existing conditions drawings to aid the hospital planners as they prepare for future modifications and upgrades.
TB SCOTT MANSION
Merrill, WI | Institutional
The small town of Merrill, WI contains some of the most interesting historic buildings in the state. One of them is the great TB Scott Mansion, a Victorian Shingle style residence of the finest quality. As with so many others around the state, the mansion was privately owned by an organization that has no use for it. Though local residents rallied to save the building, a demolition permit was issued and removal happened.
However, before the removal, a full building scan was conducted. Recording 100% accurate visual information about the structure and can process the data for drawings or actual VR simulated walk-throughs for the local historical society and community.
ST. FRANCIS BREWERY
1920s WAREHOUSE BUILDING
St. Francis, WI | Industrial
The St. Francis Brewery Building is a vacant, industrial warehouse that contains much of its original material and details. The building has excellent historic features and would be a great candidate for reuse.
The owner for production of quick, accurate, and inexpensive physical detail about the structure in order to begin plans for reuse. The delivered plans, sections, and elevations helped drive a reuse plan that was accurate and cost-effective.
MADISON HORSE BARN
HISTORIC TIMBER BUILDING
Madison, WI | Institutional
The historic Madison Horse Barn is 160 years old and contains much of its original timber framing. As a heritage structure, its accurate documentation is crucial.
The team completed 72 scans in one day to fully capture the barn with all its unique details. The uneven and irregular quality of the weathered timber made conventional tape-measure documentation almost impossible.
Laser scanning documented the place quickly accurately, and inexpensively. The processed files were also used to create a wood model.