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January 17, 2013

Strong Coffee. Strong Neighborhoods.

Weaving two worlds together, the new Alterra – East Tosa takes its design cues from the surrounding mix of flat-roof commercial buildings and pitched roof residential homes. The brick and cedar exterior material choices reflect the neighborhood character. An inviting outdoor courtyard with fire pit is prominently placed at the corner of 68th & Wells.

Our philosophy at TKWA has always been simple: Good clients make better projects. Working with our friends at Alterra Coffee Roasters is a robust example. TKWA and Alterra share a commitment to improving communities with thoughtful design that respects neighborhoods and the people that inhabit them.

The latest TKWA/Alterra collaboration is the Alterra – East Tosa cafe, now under construction on the corner of 68th & Wells Street in Wauwatosa. Our goal with the cafe is to create a comfortable new gathering place that reflects the character and vitality of this well-established, historic neighborhood.

When Alterra – East Tosa opens this spring we encourage you to stop by and experience it for yourself. We hope you will agree that strong coffee can, indeed, make stronger neighborhoods.

View of the new Alterra – East Tosa from the corner of 68th & Wells in Wauwatosa. The modest overall scale of the building was designed to fit into the neighborhood, a walkable mix of established commercial businesses and historic residential homes. A highlight of the new building design includes a casual, outdoor social space at the corner that invites people to stop and linger.

View from the south to the new Alterra – East Tosa. On-site parking will be available on the east side of the building, with vehicle and pedestrian access from either 68th or Wells Street. A small bicycle parking area will also be provided.

Workers secure custom designed steel trusses that frame the future Garden Room Pavilion at Alterra – East Tosa. When completed, large overhead “garage-style” doors can be opened during seasonal weather to create an inviting indoor-outdoor space for patrons. A fireplace and courtyard fire pit will add ambience.

A construction worker views the main interior cafe space of Alterra – East Tosa. Design strategies placed a priority on providing abundant natural daylight into the building. The selection of building materials – masonry, steel, and wood – was carefully considered to be respectful of this well-established historic neighborhood.

TKWA’s construction partner for the new Alterra – East Tosa, Dahlman Construction, has been working in all weather to meet the scheduled completion date of Spring, 2013. In this image, a construction worker prepares a window frame during a late December snowfall.
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