One of Excel’s projects, Oconomowoc School Apartments, was a finalist for the J. Timothy Anderson Awards for Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation in the Most Innovative Adaptive Reuse Category. The J. Timothy Anderson Awards for Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation is fondly referred to as “The Timmy’s”, which honors outstanding rehabilitation and preservation projects based on overall design and quality, interpretation and respect of historic elements and market success. The National Housing & Rehabilitation Association created “The Timmy’s” in 2005 as a tribute to Boston architect and preservation advocate, J. Timothy Anderson.
The project consisted of an adaptive re-use of the former Oconomowoc Middle School into 55 family apartments. Former classrooms were renovated into one, two and three bedroom units, and other amenities such as a community room, fitness center and business center are also provided in the building. A new floor level was inserted in the former gymnasium, thus allowing the creation of an indoor parking garage below with dwelling units above. The historic designation of the school dictated that original cabinetry, casework and finishes remain intact and their incorporation into the new design means that each unit is unique and unlike any other. The thoughtful re-purposing of the building will ensure that this historic structure will continue to serve the City of Oconomowoc for years to come.