Rankin Hall Renovation
Following the success of the Doug and Nancy Hastad Hall and Michael and Mary Jarahis Science Laboratories projects, the Rankin Hall renovation completes Carroll University’s three-phased science and academic facility improvement plan. Preservation of the historic exterior honors the institution’s original spirit, while an updated interior leads the environmental science, psychology, and biology programs into the next century of learning.
Originally built in 1906, Rankin Hall is listed on The National Register of Historic Places and the Wisconsin Register of Historic Places, located in a National Historic District, and designated as a City of Waukesha Landmark. Recognizing Rankin Hall’s unique historical value, the team carefully saved and refinished the original wood flooring throughout the facility. Energy efficient windows, new attic insulation, and updated HVAC systems reduce heating and cooling costs while maintaining the original design’s grandeur. The project was awarded the George Gunn Award for Excellence in Architectural Preservation and Historic Restoration by the City of Waukesha Landmarks Commission.
Renovated classrooms and faculty offices brighten and enhance the overall learning environment, and the addition of open, flexible spaces inspires a collaborative atmosphere. Three new testing rooms allow the psychology department to conduct research in specialized environments. The addition of an elevator and entrance ramp make the facility accessible for the first time. Rankin Hall is Carroll University’s second facility to achieve LEED certification.
Size: 26,500 gross sq. ft.
Components: Renovation of nine classrooms and labs; 25 faculty offices; collaborative study spaces; historic restoration design; three psychology testing rooms; ADA compliance