Size: 24,000 square feet
Status: Completed 2007
Program: New construction of a mixed-use 'green' building to house a cafe, coffee roasting facility, offices, retail, and community gathering spaces.
Colectivo Coffee Corporate Headquarters
Formerly Alterra Coffee Roasters. When Colectivo Coffee chose a former industrial site in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood for their new headquarters and roasting facility, their goal was to give back to the community by restoring the long-vacant brownfield site to productive use. TKWA kept Colectivo’s goals of remediation and rehabilitation at the forefront throughout the design and construction process, sourcing recycled materials whenever possible.
The resulting facility has transformed an eyesore into an engaging, pedestrian-friendly experience. Retail shops and native plantings enliven the street-level facade, and a cafe with prominent outdoor patio seating offers the community a place to gather. Materials such as weather-worn woods, rusted steel beams, smooth and textured concrete, handmade bricks, corrugated steel and unfinished plywood planks feel at home among the neighborhood’s warehouses and manufacturing buildings.