It took nine years, however in 2016 city leaders in Baraboo, WI finally found the optimal location for the community’s new police station and city hall. After space became available near downtown Baraboo along the riverfront, it became obvious this space would be the best place for the city’s new facility. With the location set, the city asked the architect to design the building and site as a civic center for the community. Another request was for the building to have a long service life—not only requiring durability, but also designed for the possibility of future expansion.
The architect immediately turned to concrete masonry manufactured by County Materials Corporation to meet the building’s 75-year service-life goal. In addition to its low maintenance requirements, concrete masonry’s inherent strength and durability exceeds the architect’s needs. Masonry also offered many aesthetic options to help the building establish character.
After careful consideration, the designer chose to embody some local pride into the building’s design by mirroring the look of Baraboo Quartzite, a local stone that can be found throughout the Baraboo Hills and in many rock formations in the nearby Devil’s Lake State Park. The architect selected Reflection Stone® Masonry Units Tumbled to match the look of natural stone. In addition, Reflection Stone units are available in many color varieties including Inspired, a blended reddish purple similar to the hues of Baraboo Quartzite. In addition to the natural looking Reflection Stone, a tan brick was used sparingly throughout the design as a complementary feature.
Manufactured stone was also a solutional element in the building’s design because it is a lower cost option and easier to install than natural stone, while still providing all the benefits of masonry construction. Reflection Stone comes in modular units that are available in varying sizes, but naturally course out during installation requiring little to no cutting. As a city hall building with a tight budget, reducing installation costs is an important factor in material selection.