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Milwaukee Community Sailing Center
The Sailing Center expands access to Lake Michigan for area residents, including youths, inner city groups, and the disabled. Located in Veterans Park at the south end of the McKinley Marina, the 6,000-square-foot, two-level facility provides year-round classrooms, community meeting space, shower facilities, boat maintenance area, casual club room with fireplace, and outdoor BBQ area.
The nautical-inspired design features white fiber-cement exterior panels and a barrel-vaulted metal roof that recalls the arcing hull of boats. The second-level community room under the barrel vault includes a metal ceiling supported by bow-strung timber arches that resemble the curved timbers of an old sailing vessel. Structural detailing emphasizes stainless-steel cables, rod railings and tension ties inspired from sailboat rigging. A second-level wood deck invites visitors to enjoy lake breezes.
Geothermal wells provide the alternative energy source for all heating and cooling. Operable windows throughout allow natural ventilation with the cool lake winds that dominate most of the summer. The walls are super-insulated with five inches of expanded in-place foam, producing an air-tight barrier. The long overhangs of the vaulted roof provide solar shading for the glass areas throughout the summer, reducing solar heat gains. Additionally, rain gardens and native plantings filter storm water.