Continuum Architects + Planners Moving to New Offices

The principals of Continuum Architects + Planners are pleased to announce that the firm is moving its offices in late spring to the spectacularly gorgeous Historic Mitchell Building.

Mitchell front view

The Historic Mitchell Building will be home to Continuum’s new offices starting in late spring. Located at 207 E Michigan Street, the Mitchell Building survives as one of the nation’s few remaining examples of French Second Empire architecture. Completed in 1876, the building now consists of approximately 50,000 square feet of office space on six floors.

The location is fitting for Continuum. Modernists at heart with accolades for creating high-style structures like the Chazen Museum of Art at UW-Madison and the School of Fresh Water Sciences, the firm also has accrued a reputation as experts in historic consulting and renovation. They are the architects renovating the Historic Mitchell Building with Milwaukee developer Josh Jeffers of J. Jeffers & Co.

Continuum’s new offices will showcase their modernist approach to renovating historic structures. “We marry modern interiors within historical envelopes,” says Continuum principal and co-founder Falamak Nourzad, NCARB, AIA, LEED, AP, ASID. “We believe this gives more respect to the historical elements,” she adds. An example of this is the offices Continuum created for top creative agency Laughlin Constable, also in the Historic Mitchell Building. Says Jeffers of Continuum’s work, “They bring the right mix of experience, creativity and total commitment.” The firm also worked with Jeffers on the renovation of the Historic Mackie Building next door to the Mitchell and has another 10 historic renovation projects on the boards throughout Wisconsin with other developers.

Elevating clients and communities

The office move is prompted by the sale of the Walker’s Point building Continuum has called home since the firm was founded in 1996. “When we first opened our firm two decades ago, Walker’s Point was extremely edgy,” said Continuum principal and co-founder Bob Barr, AIA. “We are proud of how we, as a firm, helped to shape what Walker’s Point is today.” The firm has been the architects for more than 25 projects in the neighborhood and continues to have a strong portfolio of projects on the boards that are Walker’s Point-based. “As we move a few blocks north into downtown we are excited to continue our track record of raising up our immediate neighborhood as part of our daily business. It’s who we are as a firm.”

Intelligent Optimism

Continuum operates on the model of quadruple bottom line—people, planet, profit and purpose. “We believe architecture is an investment in the future, a belief in great things to come,” Barr said. As such, Continuum carefully balances the pragmatic and the visionary, pairing meticulous project planning with inspired creativity into a philosophy it calls Intelligent Optimism.

Diverse Portfolio

Established in 1996, Continuum Architects + Planners is a highly technical and creative team of experienced professionals. They offer interactive planning and programming; architectural and interior design; comprehensive project management; strategic sustainable design; and historic consulting. The firm designs diverse building types in an array of markets, including commercial, residential, higher education, federal and civic. Some of the firm’s current projects include campus planning and architectural design for Direct Supply, Inc.; UWM Lubar Center for Entrepreneurship and Welcome Center; The Barclay; renovation of the historic Blommer Ice Cream Co. at 15th and North Ave into mixed use and multi-family housing; and multiple renovations at MATC’s various campuses.  See all projects On the Boards here.  View Continuum’s diverse portfolio here.