A UW System historic preservation architect “recognized the importance of Bowman Hall and worked toward acquiring the necessary funding to preserve the building and restore its lost historic details,” Utpadel said. “We were fortunate to work with very skilled stone masons and craftworkers who were dedicated to their craft. They helped us realize the time and energy it took to construct all the special brickwork details.”
One of the major challenges was determining the correct mortar on the five-story building.
“The project largely utilized a lime putty type mortar, which is not a common product in today’s building industry, and required additional attention to provide a quality, durable installation,” he said, noting the project was on hold for two winters because of temperature limitations with the putty.